[LINK] Australian Government told to make open access research mandatory

Tom Worthington tom.worthington at tomw.net.au
Fri Nov 23 15:10:46 AEDT 2012

Greetings from the Australian National University in Canberra, where 
Bernard Rentier, Rector, University of Liege, Belgium, is speaking on 
"Open Access to Scholarly Publications: A European Perspective". He 
pointed out that open access was opposed by most publishers as it 
conflicted with their business model, whereas it fitted the university's 
business model. Within universities the researchers who create 
publications do not pay for them, the library does.

Professor Rentier suggested the Liege Model could be adopted more 
widely. The university started creating a repository and a policy 
requiring authors to deposit their publications with it. He pointed out 
that it is difficult to get academics to comply with such a policy, but 
it was possible. One way is to incorporate this in the requirements for 
research grants: the researcher is required to agree to deposit their 
publication in the repository or they do not get a grant.


Tom Worthington FACS CP, TomW Communications Pty Ltd. t: 0419496150
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