The latest article on Open Access(OA) in the Conversation by Danny Kingsley summarises the differences between the NHMRC and ARC policies on OA. It also gives a great introduction to OA, what it is, why we should care about it, and how it is likely to be achieved in Australia. Read: What is open access and why should we care?
The ARC has announced a new Open Access Policy, which takes effect from the 1st January 2013.
According to this new policy the ARC requires that any publications arising from an ARC supported research project must be deposited into an open access institutional repository within a twelve (12) month period from the date of publication.
It differs from the NHMRC Open Access Policy, in that it will not be applied retrospectively to existing funded research.
The policy commences on 1 January 2013, but the first publications
are not potentially due to be made available in an institutional repository
until after 1 January 2014.
The policy will be incorporated into all new Funding Rules and Agreements released after 1 January 2013. It will not be applied retrospectively to pre-existing Funding Rules and Agreements.
The aim of ARC's Policy is to ensure that the findings of publicly funded research are made available to the wider public as soon as possible. Both the research community and the public gain from knowledge derived from ARC funded research, and both wish to derive maximum benefit from these outputs.
Commentaries on the policy…..
15 Jan 2013 - What is open access and why should we care?
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