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Making Australian research free for everyone to read sounds ideal. But the Chief Scientist’s open-access plan isn’t risk-free

The idea is publicly funded Australian research should be free for the public to read when published. But if it means taking money from universities struggling for research funding, that poses risks.
Open scholarship and the use of corporate software services such as Zoom are not always compatible. Anna Shvets/Pexels

Debate: Is open scholarship even possible with Zoom?

For science to be open, one can reasonably think that it would have to use open software. However, being completely open is not that easy.
India’s plan indicates that commercial publishers are winning over the application of the open access system to make scholarly literature available for everyone. Dasapta Erwin Irawan

India’s plan to pay journal subscription fees for all its citizen may end up making science harder to access

All modern scientists should share ownership of their knowledge and research.
Opening up public access to scientific literature is a first step. Nyoman Budhiana/Antara Foto

Indonesia publishes the most open-access journals in the world: what it means for local research

Indonesia has seen progress in open research ecosystem development. More needs to be done.
For now, it’s going to be trickier for the University of California community to access some academic journals. Michelle/Flickr

University of California’s showdown with the biggest academic publisher aims to change scholarly publishing for good

The UC libraries let their Elsevier journal subscriptions lapse and now the publisher has cut their online access. It’s a painful milestone in the fight UC hopes may transform how journals get paid.
Libraries subscribe digitally to academic journals – and are left with nothing in the stacks when the contract expires. Eric Chan/Flickr

University of California’s break with the biggest academic publisher could shake up scholarly publishing for good

Digital publishing hasn’t resulted in the free and open access to information many envisioned. Universities are increasingly fed up with a system they see as charging them for their own scholars’ labor.
Announced on May 15 2018, the government’s Research Investment Strategy directs $1.9 billion towards hard infrastructure. Kelly Barnes/AAP

What was missing in Australia’s $1.9 billion infrastructure announcement

“Soft” infrastructure includes the services, policies or practices that keep academic research working and open. Without a funded, coordinated national approach the private sector may take control.

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