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Open Access Publishing: Open Access Week 2020

Open Access Week 2020

This year JCU open access activities will be undertaken over a period of four weeks (October-November), rather than limited to just the week.

  • JCU Library is pleased to announce two inaugural awards, HDR Open Access Advocate 2020, and the ECR Open Access Champion 2020. The winners of the awards will be announced in mid-November.
  • You are invited to register for one of a series of webinars organised by the Australasian Open Access Strategy Group during Open Access Week.
  • Check out our Open Access Guide for information about the many benefits of open access and how you can publish open access.
  • Social media posts during October and November 2020.

HDR Open Access Advocate 2020

To mark Open Access Week 2020, JCU Library and Information Services and the Graduate Research School, are pleased to announce the inaugural  “HDR Open Access Advocate” competition.

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, “Why I support Open Access in research”. All entries should be submitted here.

Creativity is encouraged in responses, and entries in any form (from tweet to haiku to multimedia video) will be accepted – so long as they are short and sweet! All submissions should be on the theme of the value of Open Access in research, and its benefit to scholarship and society. Judging criteria will be as follows:

  • Did the communication provide a clear, simple explanation of the entrant’s reasons for supporting open access research?
  • Was the communication comprehensible to a wide range of audiences across multiple disciplines and interests?
  • Did the entrant make entertaining and engaging points without trivialising the issue?
  • Did the entrant convey enthusiasm for their advocacy of open access research?
  • Did the communication capture and maintain the interest of the judges?
  • Did the communication convince the judges that open access research was of value to scholarship and society?

 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. The winning entry will be announced in mid-November.

Please submit your entry by Friday 30 October 2020.

The winner will be announced in mid-November.

Selection Panel will comprise: Professor Sean Ulm (CASE), Associate Professor Liz Tynan (GRS), Nathan Garvey (LIS) and Jayshree Mamtora (LIS).

2020 WINNER: Jayden Engert, entry:


Danica Bulow-Lennox, entry:;

Da Xuan Ng, entry:

Australasian Open Access Strategy Group Webinars

AOASG has developed a series of events for Open Access Week across Australia and New Zealand with a timetable of stimulating guest speakers and workshops each day from Monday 19th to Friday 23rd October (11am -1pm AEST). 


Featured Speaker

11am – 12noon AEST
2pm – 3pm NZDT


12noon – 1pm AEST
3pm – 4pm NZDT

Monday 19 October

Preprints: a practical guide
Jessica Polka
Register here

Open and FAIR Research Practices
Register here

Tuesday 20th October

Communicating a pandemic
Siouxsie Wiles
Register here

Indigenous voices, indigenous research and open access
Register here

Wednesday 21st October

Beyond open access – what should our aims be for full accessibility
Alice Motion
Register here

Copyright and CC licensing for OA
Register here

Thursday 22nd October

Open Access and biodiversity
Siobhan Leachman
Register here

Connecting up open data via Wikidata
Register here

Friday 23rd October

Investing in the Infrastructure for Open
Kaitlin Thaney
Register here

Advocacy in the pandemic
Register here

ECR Open Access Champion 2020

The ECR Open Access Champion 2020 Award will be presented to the researcher with the most open access publications over a two year period, and with demonstrated impact.

The Selection Panel will comprise: Professor Sean Ulm (CASE), Professor Maxine Whittaker (CPHMVS), Tove Lemberget (LIS) and Jayshree Mamtora (LIS).

The winner of the award will be announced in mid-November.

2020 WINNERS: Amanda Krause (CHS), DTHM Award; Eric Nordberg (CSE) DTES Award


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