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Open Access Week 2019

Open Access Week is a global, community-driven week of action to open up access to research.

Access and Indigenous Knowledge (Panel and Q&A)

Join us on October 23rd for the second session in a planned series that will be presented collaboratively by the Library and DVC Research. This session we are joined by Gnibi Whandarahn.

In this session, we will consider what Open means in the context of Indigenous Knowledge. Guided by the Gnibi Elders Principles, we will consider ethics when working with communities, access to material, open and closed knowledge and speaking rights.

The panel will be held at Lismore, Manning Clark room (in the Library) and videoconferenced to other locations:

Coffs Harbour: M.LG.13 Gold Coast: Library (Flexible learning space) - PLEASE NOTE the time difference, this session will be streamed at 2 pm - 3 pm Gold Coast time

For those unable to attend at this time, the session will be recorded and the recording made available from the Library and Research websites.


Open Access Tools

Open Access Health Check How much do you know about Open Access? Take the Open Access Health Check to find out.
Creative Commons licences

A Creative Commons licence indicates how research outputs can be shared and used. A Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) licence enables works to be freely shared and adapted, while ensuring that credit is given to the creator.

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) is a comprehensive database of open access journals. Search the database to discover journals that you might not know about, and could consider for your next manuscript submission.
Directory of Open Access Books (doab) The Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB) is a growing database of academic, independently peer reviewed books with an Open Access licence for example a Creative Commons Licence.
Uppaywall Unpaywall is a browser extension, available for Chrome & Firefox that enables you to discover Open Access versions of articles. A green padlock indicates that article is available via open access. is a repository where preprints (submitted versions) in the fields of the physical sciences and engineering can be shared. has inspired the creation of preprint servers in other disciplines.
F.A.I.R.: Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable F.A.I.R. is an acronym for “Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable”. The application of these principles to research outputs ensures that anyone can find, read, use and reuse them. Publishing your research outputs as Open Access will enable you to meet more of the F.A.I.R. principles.
The mission of the Australasian Open Access Strategy Group (AOASG) is to make Australasian research open and F.A.I.R. The AOASG website is a great resource for keeping up to date with Open Access initiatives and learning about tools that can assist in making research outputs more accessible.
Southern Cross University, Library: Open Access The Southern Cross University Open Access webpage provides information that is of direct relevance to you e.g. how you can make your work open access.
Research Portal Southern Cross Research Portal the institutional repository of Southern Cross University, highlights and preserves the scholarly and creative works produced by SCU authors and researchers, as well as special collections managed by SCU Library.
Sherpa/RoMEO Use Sherpa/RoMEO to check whether a journal publisher supports green open access i.e. allows you to share the accepted version of your article in Southern Cross Research Portal.
The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition The SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) Author Addendum is a legal instrument that can be used to modify a publisher’s agreement, allowing authors to retain rights to their articles.
Analysis & Policy Observatory The Analysis and Policy Observatory (APO) makes public policy research visible, discoverable and usable. You can use the APO database to search or upload your own reports, papers, data and other research outputs. You can also subscribe for regular updates.
Research Data Australia Research Data Australia helps you find, access, and reuse data from over one hundred Australian research organisations, government agencies, and cultural institutions. Load your research data to Southern Cross Research Portal to make it available on Research Data Australia.