[LINK] Australian government open access policy for research publishing?

Tom Worthington Tom.Worthington at tomw.net.au
Mon Dec 18 09:51:59 AEDT 2006

Looks like a good move:

>AUSTRALIA has taken a great leap towards research results being 
>freely available to all, supporters of the open access movement say.
>The Australian Research Council and the National Health and Medical 
>Research Council - with total annual grants worth more than 
>$1billion - are about to announce their first open access policies. ...

From: "ARC sold on open access to research", Bernard Lane, The 
Australian, December 13, 2006 

This followed a submission to the ARC by Professor Arthur Sale, which 
I signed on behalf of the ACS 
<http://www.ecs.soton.ac.uk/%7Eharnad/Hypermail/Amsci/5379.html>. The 
ACS Digital Library uses the repository format which Professor Sale 
proposed (no surprise there as he pushed us to do the digital library).

Larger universities are building their own digital repositories, but 
the smaller ones may not have a suitable system. But if authors 
publish in an open access journal with an OAI interface, that makes 
the results automatically available.

ps: The endorsement of Professor Sale's proposal by the ACS set some 
sort of record. Arthur emailed the draft to me saying it was due at 
the ARC that day. This was during an ACS council meeting, so I 
emailed it to the secretariat at the end of the table. The executive 
went into a thirty second huddle and approved it. I then emailed 
Arthur back a few minutes later to say we had endorsed it.

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