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Open Access increasing researcher impact

By Leanne Coleman

Pro Vice-Chancellor Faculty of Law, Business, Education and Arts Professor Giselle Byrnes presents 2013 CDU Library Open Access Award winner Professor Bart Currie with his award Pro Vice-Chancellor Faculty of Law, Business, Education and Arts Professor Giselle Byrnes presents 2013 CDU Library Open Access Award winner Professor Bart Currie with his award

Charles Darwin University Library has celebrated the International Open Access movement with a seminar and presentation of the annual Open Access Award.

The Open Access movement is the worldwide effort to provide free online access to scientific and scholarly research literature, especially peer-reviewed journal articles.

The 2013 CDU Library Open Access Award was won by Menzies School of Health Research’s Professor Bart Currie for having the most number of open access items in CDU eSpace, the university’s institutional repository maintained by the Library.

The seminar program included presentations by Pro Vice-Chancellor Faculty of Law, Business, Education and Arts Professor Giselle Byrnes, Director of Library Services Ruth Quinn, Associate Director Library Resources and Technology Anthony Hornby, and Research Services Coordinator Jayshree Mamtora.

The researchers spoke about the benefits of open access and their individual experiences publishing in open access journals, and the need for researchers to be aware of the Australian Research Council (ARC) and National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) mandates for Open Access.

Ms Mamtora said it was vital for researchers to find out more about the Open Access movement.

“Researchers are reaching wider audiences by publishing work in open access journals and maximising the impact of their research,” she said. “This process will be accelerated by the ARC and NHMRC mandates, which require researchers to self-archive their publications in an institutional repository within twelve months of publication.”

CDU Library is supporting the Open Access movement through the provision of a platform, eSpace, for researchers to self-submit the full text of all their scholarly communications, and advice around copyright obligations.

For more information about CDU eSpace or Open Access visit: http://libguides.cdu.edu.au/openaccess