Advancing Open Scholarship (FAIR)

Program director Catherine Clark
Related topics CAUL Business, Research, Scholarly Communications

Open scholarship and FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable) scholarly practices support the efficient dissemination of knowledge to researchers, students, policy makers and to the wider public, facilitate faster scientific discovery and problem solving, and underpin the integrity of research.

Open and FAIR scholarly practices are continually innovating. This requires ongoing collaboration between libraries, funders, policy makers, publishers, and our research communities – collaboration that is facilitated by CAUL.

International Perspectives: Developing a national strategy for open research

During 2020, the need for an overarching national strategy in Australia for open research that aligns the many ongoing individual initiatives has become increasingly apparent. There are an increasing number of countries that have developed and are in the process of implementing such strategies. The Council of Australian University Librarians and the Australasian Open Access Strategy Group have convened a number of webinars to explore further how an Australian national strategy might be developed. In the first webinar we heard from three individuals who have been key in the development of national strategies in their respective countries:

  • Dr Pirjo-Leena Forsström (IT Centre for Science, Finland)
  • Dr Patricia Clarke (HRB Open Research, Ireland)
  • Professor Noorsaadah Abd. Rahman (University of Malaya)

The panel chair was Catherine Clark, Director of the Advancing Open Scholarship Program, Council of Australian University Librarians & University Librarian, Curtin University.

Webinar Recording 12 November 2020


Developing an overarching national strategy for open research in Australia

In this second webinar run by CAUL and AOASG, the focus was on how an Australian national strategy for open research might be developed. The panel included:

  • Dr Cathy Foley,  Chief Scientist, CSIRO and Australia's next Chief Scientist
  • Professor Robyn Owens, Emeritus Professor, and former DVCR, UWA
  • Ryan Winn, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Council of Learned Academies

The Panel Chair was Dr Ginny Barbour, Director Australasian Open Access Strategy Group.

Webinar Recording 23 November 2020


Projects 2019-2020

Roadmap to Plan S for Australia

Intellectual property rights retention in scholarly works in Australian universities


Completed Projects and Outcomes

Under the previous banner of "FAIR, affordable and open access to knowledge" the program has completed five projects focused on the issues, barriers and opportunities around open scholarship in Australia.

  1. The Collection and Reporting of Article Processing Charges (APCs) Information project investigated the cost of APCs to Australian universities.
  2. The Retaining Rights to Research Publications project investigated the best approach for researchers in Australian universities to retain (non-commercial) rights to their research publications and improve compliance with funder’s requirements.
  3. The Review of Australian Repository Infrastructure project investigated how repository infrastructure can improve the findability, accessibility, interoperability and re-usability of Australian-funded research.
  4. The new Statement on Open Scholarship commits CAUL to advancing open scholarship through a range of initiatives.
  5. The Fair Use Advocacy project built support for a fair use copyright legislative framework in Australia.

Project Outcomes

1. Methodology for the estimating of APC costs

The project developed a methodology for estimating the Article Processing Charges (APCs) at a university based on data from sources such as Scopus, Web of Science and Unpaywall. The method was piloted in February 2019. As part of this pilot, data on publications produced by researchers at six local universities in 2017 were collated and analysed.

Fair, Affordable and Open Access to Knowledge: The Caul Collection and Reporting of APC Information Project Paper (URL)

2. Retaining Rights to Research Publications

The project produced a report that investigates the best mechanisms for Australian universities to retain non-exclusive rights to author manuscript versions of scholarly works, for example, an Australian version of the UK-Scholarly Communications Licence (UK-SCL) or Harvard Model.

Please contact us for information about this project report.

3. Review of Repository Infrastructure

The project involved a review of the current state of the Australian institutional research repository infrastructure in the current global context. A report was produced that provides observations and recommendations on possible ways forward for the Australian repository infrastructure and management.

Review of Repository Infrastructure Report (PDF)

4. Statement on Open Scholarship Review

The project developed a policy statement on open scholarship for CAUL that outlines a commitment and associated actions to maximise the benefits of open and F.A.I.R (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable) scholarly practices.

Full Statement on open scholarship (URL)

5. Fair Use Advocacy

The project advocated and built support for a fair use copyright legislative framework in Australia.

Please contact us if you require more information.

Past projects and groups

Collection & Reporting of APCs

This project is to design and implement a consistent process for collection and reporting of article processing charges (APCs) in Australian universities.
Author Harry Rolf
Last modified 9 February 2021