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Open Access for next generation researchers

By Jane Hampson

Professor Lawrence Cram and Ms Jenny Wong Professor Lawrence Cram and Ms Jenny Wong

A move to provide free online access to scientific and scholarly research literature, especially peer-reviewed journal articles was behind the 2014 CDU Open Access Week Seminar held at CDU’s Casuarina campus recently.

The seminar was in keeping with the international Open Access movement, which is fast changing the nature of both academic publishing and academic citations.

“This year’s theme was ‘Generation Open’ to highlight the importance of students and early career-researchers as advocates of change in the short-term,” said Ms Jayshree Mamtora, CDU Research Services Coordinator.

The program included two presentations from CDU researchers. Dr Heidi Luter, Postdoctoral Fellow, North Australian Marine Research Alliance, at CDU’s Research Institute for the Environment and Livelihoods, spoke on “Perspectives on Open Access publishing from an Early Career Researcher” and Ms Johanna Funk, Research Associate, the Northern Institute, gave a presentation entitled “Open Research and Publications: How I’m finding my way in the jungle”.

The presentations were followed by a demonstration of the CDU eSpace Shelf by Mr Neil Godfrey, Digital Collections Coordinator, Office of Library Services and the Presentation of the CDU Library Open Access Award to Professor Anne Chang of the Menzies School of Health Research. Professor Lawrence Cram, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research, presented the award to Ms Jenny Wong, Business Manager, Child Health Division, Menzies School of Health Research, who attended on Professor Chang’s behalf.

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 W: libguides.cdu.edu.au/openaccess