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Obesity, over-diagnosis, the NDIS, vaccinations and open access for genetic information were just some of the issues covered in 2012. Kylie May; shutterstock.com; Morberg; Pranjal Mahn

2012, the year that was: Health + Medicine

It promised to be a full year of reforms: pokies legislation, front-of-pack food labels and a dental system that doesn’t cost those in need an arm and a leg. But while we did see cigarette companies forced…
Is open best? Or closed? It depends how you look at it. Jer Kunz

Explainer: what is the open movement?

You’ll have read on this site, and perhaps others, about the push towards “open access” for journal articles. But what is open access, and how does it fit into the wider “open movement”? The topic has…
The older journals have greater histories, so researchers are almost coerced into publishing in them. Bridget Coila

Open access: everyone has the right to knowledge

This week, we celebrate open access week – an event aimed at bringing attention to this rapidly emerging form of scientific publication and its ethical imperatives. Traditionally, knowledge breakthroughs…
It’s easy to put open-access publishing on a pedestal, but it’s important to consider the ramifications first. smileham

Open-access science: be careful what you wish for

In recent weeks we’ve seen a renewed push to introduce open access to science research publications. The concept is simple: research that is paid for by public funds should be made freely available, not…
Open-access journals are gaining credibility and prestige. rvm_71

Open access will change the world, if scientists want it to

While the Australian Research Council considers its policy on open-access publication and others within the scientific community call for the increased sharing of scientific data, the British are already…
ARC chief Aidan Byrne has responded to calls for the organisation to mandate open access to the scientific data its funding helps create. Flickr/biblioteekje

Australian Research Council moves to provide better access to data

The Australian Research Council (ARC) is considering a plan to require free public access to all scientific papers created…
Open health is one side of “open data” policies being pursued by countries all over the world. Kate Ter Haar

Open health: what is it and why should you care?

“Open health” captures a broad set of information technologies that will change the way we approach health and health care. It encompasses “ehealth” (the storage and provision of personal medical information…
There’s an ongoing push to open the world of academic knowledge to the wider population … for free. Jackman Chiu

Open-access journals: a perspective from within

There’s an ongoing debate in the world of academic publishing about whether the public should be allowed open access to research publications we all pay for in the first place. “If we are paying for this…
Science should be conducted outside its walled garden, in full view of the public. lovelihood

Scientific data should be shared: an open letter to the ARC

Science (real science, not the summaries in popular books and the media) is needlessly closed to the outside world. Worse, it is closed within itself, with every lab its own silo, and little sharing of…
The global movement towards open access publishing has taken another step with the release of the Finch report. Flickr/liikennevalo

Finch inquiry’s open access tune won’t resonate in Australia

A committee convened to examine how UK-funded research could be made more accessible released its report this week. The committee, chaired by Dame Janet Finch, was set up last year by Minister for Universities…
Library subscriptions to academic journals can cost up to $40,000 a year. Flickr/vanherdehaage

UK move to ‘open access’ in publishing ‘misguided’

Advocates of “open access” publishing in academia say a UK report that proposes spending £60 million a year to make all publicly-funded…
Julia Lane oversaw the introduction of the STAR METRICS program in the US. vr.se

Push to quantify social impact of science goes global

Australia is preparing to join a worldwide push to map the wider social returns on investments in science. This week Professor…
Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales will help the UK government design a platform where all taxpayer-funded scholarly will be available for free. AAP/Yonhap News Agency

Wiki founder to build open access site for UK research

The British government has enlisted the services of Wikipedia in a push to make all taxpayer-funded academic research from…
Publishers have made journal subscriptions prohibitively expensive, says Harvard Library. Frederik Questier, Yanna Van Wesemael

Harvard: journal subscription fees are prohibitive

Harvard Library says it can no longer afford the vast cost of academic journal subscriptions, and has advised staff at the…
Some proponents of open access publishing are naive, Margaret Sheil says. Macquarie University

Open access not as simple as it sounds: outgoing ARC boss

After almost five years at the helm of the Australian Research Council (ARC), Margaret Sheil will this week step down to…
The Wellcome Trust building in Camden, London. geograph.org.uk

Funding giant toughens support for open publishing

One of the world’s biggest science funding bodies will strengthen its support for free online publishing by sanctioning errant…
Californian Republican Darrell Issa has dropped his support for a bill that would restrict free access to taxpayer-funded research. AAP/Francis Specker

Push to block free access to academic research falters in the US

A controversial US bill that was designed to block access to vast amounts of academic research appears to have collapsed…
A boycott by researchers against the academic journal publisher Elsevier has reignited the debate about open-access to scholarly work. Flickr/limonada

All research funded by NHMRC to be accessible free of charge

One of the important benefits that the public expects from publicly funded health and medical research is access to the published…
Traditional publishing methods could soon be a thing of the past. Unhindered by talent

Academic publishing must go digital to survive

Most forms of publishing across the globe are in a state of flux. But university-based scholarly publishing faces a set of challenges all of its own. How can an industry whose target audience is so highly…

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