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[BOAI] Danny Kingsley on the state of Open Access: Where are we, what still needs to be done?

From: "Richard Poynder" <richard.poynder AT>
Date: Mon, 22 Jul 2013 06:27:51 +0100

The seventh Q&A in a series exploring the current state of Open Access has
been published. On this occasion the questions are answered by Danny
Kingsley, Executive Officer of the Australian Open Access Support Group
(AOASG), an organisation founded at the end of last year by six Australian
universities in order to provide "a concerted and coordinated Australian
voice in support of open access."


Prior to taking on her role at AOASG, Kingsley spent five years studying the
OA situation in Australia for her PhD, and then four years as a repository
manager at the Australian National University (ANU), so she has a keen
understanding of the OA scene in Australia.


What is the current state of Open Access from an Australian perspective?


On the positive side, says Kingsley, the flood of international statements
about OA we have seen this year has strengthened the voice of those
advocating for OA. And Australia is well placed to benefit from this: All of
its universities now have an institutional repository, and both the
Australian Research Council and the National Health and Medical Research
Council have introduced OA mandates that favour Green OA.


On the negative side, says Kingsley, researchers' lack of engagement with
Open Access remains "a continual disappointment." As a result, she 
OA advocates need "to stop talking to ourselves and work out the best way 
engage the researchers."


Unfortunately, however, this task has been made that much harder by the
recommendations of the Finch Report, and the consequent decision by Research
Councils UK to favour Gold OA, and endorse Hybrid OA.


Indeed, Kingsley's account suggests that, rather than being a tipping point
for OA, the RCUK Policy has impeded progress, not just in the UK but
globally. "The Finch/RCUK decision to back and fund Gold Open Access
including Hybrid has had ramifications around the world with publishers
tightening the deposit and embargo rules for repositories," she says. 
this is ostensibly to encourage UK researchers to take the Gold OA option to
comply with their rules it affects everyone."


Moreover, adds Kingsley, "Hybrid is tainting Open Access because 
often think this is what Open Access means and are (understandably) upset
and angry about the changes they feel are being forced upon them."


The Q&A can be read here:


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