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Open Access Publishing: Open Access Week 2021

Open Access Week 2021

Upcoming Open Access Week 2021 Webinar

28 October, 2pm AEST (zoom link TBC)

GUEST SPEAKER: Dr Ginny Barbour, Director, Open Access Australasia

Opening up research in 2021: global and national developments and what it means for you

 If 2020 was the year when open access really came to prominence because of its importance in dissemination of research and advancing knowledge in the pandemic, then 2021 was the year when concrete open policy initiatives were realised.

This talk will be a chance to get an insider’s perspective on some of the key international and regional developments and to discuss what they mean at a university and researcher level - including their relevance to publishing that supports locally important, including Indigenous, research.

Speaker Bio:

Dr Ginny Barbour (ORCID profile) is Director of Open Access Australasia (previously Australasian Open Access Strategy Group) and is Co-Lead, Office for Scholarly Communications, Queensland University of Technology (QUT). In 2004, she was one of the three founding editors of PLOS Medicine. She has been involved with many Open Access, publishing, and ethics initiatives including Chair of COPE (2012-2017), Chair of DORA Advisory Group, Chair of Cochrane Library Oversight Committee, and as a Plan S Ambassador. She is on the NHMRC’s Research Quality Steering Committee.

HDR Open Access Advocate 2021

To mark Open Access Week 2021 (25-31 October), JCU Library and Information Services (LIS) and the Graduate Research School (GRS), are once again pleased to invite entries for the  “HDR Open Access Advocate” competition. The theme for this year's Open Access Week is:                                       "It Matters How We Open Knowledge: Building Structural Equity".

The competition is open to all JCU Higher Degree by Research candidates, with a prize awarded for the best short communication that answers the question, “How do you benefit from open knowledge and why?”. All entries should be submitted here .

Creativity is encouraged in responses, and entries in any form (from short essay to tweet to haiku to multimedia video) will be accepted – so long as they are short and sweet! Maximum one page in length.

Judging criteria are as follows:

  • Did the communication provide a clear and simple answer to the question?
  • Was the communication comprehensible to a wide range of audiences across multiple disciplines and interests?
  • Did the entrant make engaging points without trivialising the issue?
  • Did the entrant convey enthusiasm for their advocacy of the benefits of open knowledge?
  • Did the communication capture and maintain the interest of the judges?
  • Did the communication convince the judges about the benefits to open knowledge?

 All PhD candidates who submit an entry will be entitled to claim 1 point in the Leadership and Initiative category of RD7003 Professional Development.

The Prize: The winner will receive a $200 book voucher, jointly sponsored by the JCU Library and Information Services, and the GRS. 

Please submit your entry by COB Monday 11 October 2021. The winner will be announced during Open Access Week.

The Judging Panel will comprise:

  • Michelle Redman-McLaren (Associate Dean Research Education, CMD)
  • Liz Tynan (Associate Professor, GRS)
  • Jayden Engert (HDR Candidate and 2020 winner)
  • Nathan Garvey (Research and Data Repository Officer, LIS) 
  • Jayshree Mamtora (Scholarly Communications Librarian, LIS).

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