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Open Access Week 2023

This year’s Open Access week theme, “Community over Commercialization” seeks to encourage a candid conversation about the approaches to open scholarship that prioritise the best interests of the public and the academic community - and which do not.  

JCU open access activities will be held during the course of Open Access Week, 23-27 October, 2023:

  • Winners of the 2023 Open Access Awards, will be announced during Open Access Week
  •  Events organised by Open Access Australasia
  • Updated Open Access Guide for information about the many benefits of open access and how you can publish open access.
  • Video interviews with JCU researchers on their OA publishing strategies
  • Series of social media posts during October 2023.

ECR Open Access Champion Award 2023

The ECR Open Access Champion 2023 Award will be awarded to the JCU ECR who, in the opinion of an expert judging panel, has made the greatest contribution to Open Access through their research publications within the previous three to four years.

The winner will receive a $200 book voucher sponsored by JCU Library.

The Judging Panel will comprise: 

  • Professor Siggi Gurdegan (Associate Dean Research, CBLG)
  • Associate Professor Jo Moxon (Associate Dean Research, CMD)
  • Dr Daniel Miller (2022 Winner and Lecturer, Psychology, College of Healthcare Sciences) 
  • Tove Lemberget, Team Leader, Repository and Research Outputs Coordinator (Library)
  • Jayshree Mamtora, Manager, Scholarly Communications (Library).


HDR Open Access Advocate Award 2023

To mark Open Access Week 2023 (23-29 October), JCU Library 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: Community over Commercialisation.

This year we will offer two categories in the competition: scholarly/informational communication and artistic expression:

  • The scholarly/informational category invites entrants to provide various kinds of brief narrative-based written or recorded responses in answer to this year’s question. 
  • The artistic category invites entrants to use their creativity to produce a poem/haiku, a drawing, a cartoon, or some other form of written or visual art in response to the theme. 

The judging criteria for both categories are shown below.  Candidates may enter both categories with different entries if they wish, although only one entry per category is allowed. 

The competition is open to all JCU Higher Degree by Research (HDR) candidates, with a prize awarded for the best entry in each category that responds to the question: 

How does Open Access help the cause of Community over Commercialisation?

All entries should be submitted by clicking the link to enter the competition below.

Category 1:  Scholarly/informational communication 

In this category we encourage entries that take the form of a written or recorded response, such as a short essay or scholarly presentation, or a short podcast.  Written entries should be no more than one page in length (or three minutes for recordings). 

Category 1 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 provide engaging information 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? 

Category 2:  Artistic expressions 

In this category we encourage a wide variety of creative entries that may take the form of a poem/haiku, a drawing or painting, a cartoon, or some other form of artwork. 

Category 2 Judging Criteria are as follows

  • Did the piece of art provide a creative, artistic and original answer to the question? 
  • Was the artwork comprehensible to a wide range of audiences across multiple disciplines and interests? 
  • Did the entrant use their creativity to make an engaging point without trivialising the issue? 
  • Did the entrant convey enthusiasm for their advocacy of the benefits of open knowledge? 
  • Did the artwork capture the interest of the judges? 
  • Did the artwork 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 RD70003 Professional Development.


The winner in each category will receive a $200 book voucher, jointly sponsored by the JCU Library, and the GRS. 

The Judging Panel will comprise:

  • Associate Professor Ylona Chung Tie (Associate Dean Research Education, CHS) 
  • Associate Professor Liz Tynan (GRS)
  • Tianna Killoran ( 2022 winner and HDR Candidate)
  • Dr Wayne Bradshaw (Research Services Officer, Library) 
  • Jayshree Mamtora (Manager, Scholarly Communications, Library).

Terms and Conditions

  • By submitting the following form, you are accepting these terms and conditions.
  • Only one entry per eligible person will be accepted.
  • Prizes are not transferable, not refundable and not redeemable for cash.
  • Winners will be determined by a judging panel of JCU Staff.
  • The result of the competition is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • To redeem the prize, the winner must have a valid email account and provide a valid postal or delivery address.
  • Proof of identity must be provided by the winner in order to receive the prize.
  • JCU Staff are not eligible to enter the competition except where the staff member is also a current HDR candidate.

Please submit your entry here by midnight on Monday, 2 October 2023. The winners will be announced during Open Access Week.


Open Education Champion Award 2023

The inaugural Open Education Champion 2023 Award will be presented to the JCU staff member who has made the greatest contribution to Open Education during the JCU Open Education Initiative pilot.

The JCU Open Education Initiative ran from 2021-2022. The Initiative was a pilot project by the Division of Student Life, spearheaded by JCU Library. The aim of the Initiative was to:

  • support lecturers in adopting, adapting and creating Open Educational Resources including textbooks and workbooks in order to better support the learning of our students at JCU
  • make information about the people and places of the Tropics more widely accessible and understood. More than 40% of the world's population live in the Tropics and 40% of the world's surface is within the Tropics, but the area is often under represented in teaching materials.

This Initiative has transitioned to the JCU Open Education Program, an ongoing project for the promotion and provision of Open Educational Resources at James Cook University

The Inaugural Open Education Champion Award is a $200 prize awarded to the JCU Open Education Initiative Partner who has contributed the most or the best work:

  • for promoting Open Educational values
  • for the significant reduction of textbook costs for students
  • for promoting excellence in Open Educational Resources

For this inaugural award, the prize will be conferred by the Director, Library Services, and the Dean of the Centre of Education and Enhancement.


Open Access Australasia Webinars

Register for one of the webinars organised by Open Access Australasia during Open Access Week:
Tuesday 24th October

11am - 1pm AEST

Community over commercialisation - What is control and why does it matter? 

Different communities have different needs, aims and priorities about the knowledge they hold and create. There can be a tension between open access and community control of that knowledge. How do communities keep control of their knowledge while opening it to the world? How can open access be used to help build and strengthen communities?

This session looks at the ways communities openly share their knowledge. It also explores how sometimes community and commercial interests can coexist.

Register here 

Wednesday 25th October

11am - 1pm AEST 

Like an open book: can academic communities ensure our voices are heard by all?

Books are where we record our knowledge, for us and for others. However, books remain far less open than journal articles. Why is this? What opportunities are there for academic communities to improve access to our knowledge and culture? How can uniquely Australasian voices be heard?

In this session, we will hear from panellists working in different ways to improve access to books. In the second hour, participants will be given the chance to reflect on the discussion and share their thoughts.

Register here

Thursday 26th October

11am - 1:30pm AEST 

Shine on Diamond journals: Making sure they’re forever

Diamond open access journals are an important but undervalued part of the open access journal publishing system. They often lack infrastructure, funding and coordination.

This workshop, which is being run as a satellite meeting as part of the Global Summit on Diamond Open Access being held in Mexico this week, will hear from those already involved in successful diamond OA initiatives, workshop what is needed for successful diamond OA journals, and develop a plan for necessary next steps in this region.

Register here

Friday 27th October

11am - 1pm AEST

Creating space for Indigenous and Pacific research

Part 1: Publishing avenues for Indigenous-led research 

How do Indigenous academics share their research in a way that is meaningful to them and the communities they wish to serve? A number of Indigenous-led open access journals have been set up with the purpose of exploring Indigenous and Pacific issues and concerns, providing an opportunity to disseminate research. This session will explore the driving force behind the development of  these journals, and the challenges in getting Indigenous research out into the scholarly community.

Part 2: Engagement with indigenous knowledge 

How do Indigenous communities share their knowledge in a way that aligns with their community rules and protocols? How can we ensure Indigenous knowledge is treated respectfully when it is in the public domain? This session will explore some of the recent initiatives seeking to tackle these questions.

Register here

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