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Transformative Agreements Come to Griffith

As more and more academic authors seek to share published work openly, transformative agreements are one way to shift the dial. In 2019, the Council of Australian University Librarians negotiated two Publish-and-Read (PAR) agreements on behalf of Australian and New Zealand universities. Griffith University has signed up to both, which is good news for the Griffith academics who have previously published in the relevant journals, and hope to do so again.

The agreements are with the Microbiology Society and with Portland Press, which publishes journals on behalf of the Biochemical Society. The Portland Press deal is a three-year, all-you-can-publish open access agreement that waives Article Processing Charges and service fees. Eligible authors will retain copyright. Titles include Clinical Science, Emerging Topics in Life Sciences, and Bioscience Reports.

The Microbiology Society deal is a two-year pilot agreement giving access to all six Microbiology Society journals, right back to their first issues. Titles include Microbiology and the International journal of systematic and evolutionary microbiology.

Read more about the scope of these agreements or browse existing agreements with the major publishers.

What's New

  • eResearch Australasia Online Conference

    This year's eResearch Australasia conference will take place virtually from 19-23 October. Earlybird registration will close on 18 September, and the virtual format will make it much more affordable for many. A draft program should be out shortly.

  • The 2020 Australian eResearch and Data Skills Summit

    The 2020 eResearch and Data Skills Summit will take place virtually from 26-30 October, 2020. The summit will investigate how best to train and build a digitally skilled research workforce in Australia. Submissions for presentations close on Friday, 11 September, 2020. The summit is free for attendees. Find out more.

  • Open access resources for COVID-19

    Find useful, freely available resources for COVID-19 research in this guide compiled by ANU library staff.

  • Data, statistics and survey training

    The Queensland Cyber Infrastructure Foundation (QCIF), of which Griffith is a member, is partnering with Intersect to offer new online workshops such as data manipulation and visualisation in R, longitudinal trials with REDCap, and surveying with Qualtrics. QCIF will run an Introduction to SPSS workshop on 30 October. See more training options.

Spotlight on...

Open Access Week, 19-25 October 2020

Open Access Week is a time to celebrate achievements in open access and learn more by hearing from practitioners and experts. Watch our Library Connect blog and our Twitter feed for what's on during the week, including the Open Access Week virtual lunchtime talks on a range of topics.

The Library has recently released its own Open Scholarship web pages, as part of a total revamp of researcher services. We also have information specifically for researchers working from home.

While open access generally refers to publications, Open Scholarship is about making all research outputs, including data, more visible, and about sharing knowledge more widely. The global pandemic has shown that the need for this is vital, with many publishers temporarily removing paywalls to some COVID-19-related resources. However, Open Scholarship is an initiative to make research and scholarly practices more accessible, not just during a crisis, but for everyone, always. Read more.

Hot Topics

  • Getting On - a Griffith Review podcast on ageing well

    With COVID-19 restrictions affecting gatherings in place, our regular in-person Lightning Talks, a co-production of Griffith Review and the Library, are on hold. To celebrate the launch of Griffith Review 68: Getting On, we have released a podcast instead. Getting On takes a timely look at the question of how we age successfully. Read more.

  • Sustainable Development Goals

    With Griffith's Sustainability Week just finished, explore how the work of Griffith Business School academics advances the UN's Sustainable Development Goals. The School's SDG Explorer allows users to see work being done on each Goal. To help build the Explorer, Library Campus Services staff added Griffith Research Online links to around 450 research outputs across the 17 goals, ensuring that the research could be easily accessed and re-used. Launch the SDG Explorer.

  • GRO-ing our rankings

    By making a mass of Griffith research openly accessible, Griffith Research Online has helped Griffith move into the top 250 universities in the world, according to the Leiden rankings. An institution's ability to make its research openly available is a factor in the rankings, and GRO's high scores on two open access measurements (within the top five for Australian repositories) was a contributing factor to Griffith's overall ranking, and a huge testament to the work of the GRO team. There have been more than 20 million downloads of GRO content. Read more.

Top Tip

Do you use Google Scholar to find material for your research?

If so, that perfect article might be closer than you think!

Use our tips to configure Google Scholar so that a Full Text@Griffith link appears automatically next to search results you can freely access via Library databases.

What you might have missed on the blog

  • Libraries Reopen

    All campus libraries are now open again, and we are taking extra care to ensure our spaces are safe by continuing with additional safety measures:

    • Seating capacity reduced for physical distancing
    • Increased cleaning throughout the day to wipe down high touch surfaces
    • Hand sanitiser stations installed and regularly refilled

    Read more.

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