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 the broader public, facilitate faster scientific discovery and problem solving, and underpin the integrity of research.

Open and FAIR scholarly practices are continually innovating. CAUL facilitates collaboration between libraries, funders, policy makers, publishers, and research communities to respond to the need for continual innovation.

The Advancing Open Scholarship program encompasses various initiatives, including advocacy work and projects designed to advance the open agenda through bodies of work with practical outcomes. The program builds on CAUL’s earlier FAIR, Affordable and Open Access to Knowledge program.

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Current Projects

Libraries and Open Publishing Case Studies

Commencing July 2021 | Project Lead: Tracy Creagh (QUT)

This project will develop a series of case studies of university libraries’ open publishing initiatives and accompanying researcher case studies that demonstrate the value of these initiatives. The case studies will be helpful within and beyond the library sector to support advocacy work. They will also provide examples of open publishing practice from which others can learn.

Project brief.


FAIR and Open Non-Traditional Research Outputs

Commencing August 2021 | Project Lead: TBC

This exploratory project will investigate current academic library practice related to FAIR principles are applied to research outputs such as software and other NTROs (e.g. film, creative writing, website design), including areas where there are opportunities to improve or expand practice related to the application of the FAIR principles to NTROs. The project will also explore how the CARE principles should be applied to these outputs. The project will situate the role of the academic library in the broader Open Research landscape and explore how the library’s work relates to the work of other bodies both within and beyond the researcher’s institution. The project will also produce a framework that provides guidance for CAUL Member institutions about how to increase the proportion of NTROs by Australian university researchers that are appropriately described, archived, preserved and made accessible. 

Project brief.


Open Research Toolkit

Ongoing | Project leads: Siân Woolcock (CAUL/UniSA) and Alison Matthews (ARMS/CSU)

The ARMS/CAUL Open Research Working Group is developing an open research toolkit for use by universities to support open research. 


Current Groups

FAIR Steering Group

Chair: Catherine Clark, Program Director, Advancing Open Scholarship (Curtin)

The FAIR Steering Group was established to implement policy in line with the F.A.I.R. Statement endorsed by Universities Australia DVC(R)s. The Steering Group meets five times per year. 

Information for FAIR Steering Group members (login required).


Completed Projects

Roadmap to Plan S for Australia

This project was completed as part of the FAIR Affordable and Open Access to Knowledge program

2019-2020 | Project lead: Dimity Flanagan (UniMelb)

This project undertook an analysis of the challenges and opportunities arising from Plan S for Australian researchers and universities. It developed high-level recommendations on how Australian universities should proceed to meet compliance obligations from 2021. The project report was delivered to the DVCsR Committee.

Read the final report.


Intellectual Property Rights Retention in Scholarly Works in Australian Universities

This project was completed as part of the FAIR Affordable and Open Access to Knowledge program

2019-2020 | Project lead: Fiona Bradley (UNSW)

This project developed suggested wording for non-exclusive licenses in Australian universities’ intellectual policy documents, with the aims of improving rights retention for research publications, maximising the proportion of openly available research publications, and moving Australian universities towards compliance with Plan S.

Read the project report.


Collection and Reporting of Article Processing Charges (APCs) Information

This project was completed as part of the FAIR Affordable and Open Access to Knowledge program

2018-2019 | Project lead: Susan Lafferty (ACU)

This project investigated the cost of APCs to Australian universities. It developed a methodology for estimating the Article Processing Charges (APCs) at a university, based on data from sources including Scopus, Web of Science and Unpaywall. The project team reviewed national and international approaches to collecting APC information and sought input from CAUL members and other stakeholders about possible strategies. The project team piloted the method in February 2019. As part of this pilot, data on publications produced by researchers at six local universities in 2017 were collated and analysed.

Read the paper Fair, Affordable and Open Access to Knowledge: The CAUL Collection and Reporting of APC Information Project (presented at IATUL 2019)


Retaining Rights to Research Publications

This project was completed as part of the FAIR Affordable and Open Access to Knowledge program

2018 | Project lead: Frances O’Neil (VU)

The project investigated the best mechanisms for Australian universities to retain non-exclusive rights to author manuscript versions of scholarly works. The project sought legal advice on the applicability of a UK-Scholarly Communications Licence (UK-SCL) or Harvard Model in Australia.

Final report will be made available shortly.


Review of Repository Infrastructure

This project was completed as part of the FAIR Affordable and Open Access to Knowledge program

2018 | Project lead: Martin Borchert (UNSW)

The project involved reviewing the current state of the Australian institutional research repository infrastructure in the current global context. The project report provides observations and recommendations on possible ways forward for the Australian repository infrastructure and management.

Read the Review of Repository Infrastructure Report.


Statement on Open Scholarship Review

This project was completed as part of the FAIR Affordable and Open Access to Knowledge program

2019 | Project lead: Peter Green (Curtin)

The project reviewed CAUL’s Statement on Open Scholarship (2015) and developed a new policy statement that outlines a commitment and associated actions to maximise the benefits of open and F.A.I.R. (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable) scholarly practices.

Read CAUL’s Statement on Open Scholarship, which is the key output for this project.


Fair Use Advocacy

This project was part of the FAIR Affordable and Open Access to Knowledge program

2018 | Project lead: Catherine Clark (Curtin)

This project was initially designed to advocate and build support for a fair use copyright legislative framework in Australia. Subsequently, program activities were reprioritised and aspects of this project were realigned into other projects, and the project was put on hold. 


Past Events

2020 Virtual Events

  • International Perspectives: Developing a National Strategy for Open Research (12 November 2020)
  • Developing an Overarching National Strategy for Open Research in Australia (23 November 2020)

Past Groups

CAUL Copyright Advisory Committee

Ceased operation in 2017

Since this group ceased operation, a CAUL Lead for Copyright Advocacy has been established.

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 29 July 2021