Guide for Authors Released on OAKList

Submitted by Scott on Tue, 2008-07-01 14:27.

Understanding Open Access in the Academic Environment: A Guide for Authors aims to provide practical guidance for academic authors interested in making their work more openly accessible to readers and other researchers. The guide provides authors with an overview of the concept of and rationale for open access to research outputs and how they may be involved in its implementation and with what effect. In doing so it considers the central role of copyright law and publishing agreements in structuring an open access framework as well as the increasing involvement of funders and academic institutions. The guide also explains different methods available to authors for making their outputs openly accessible, such as publishing in an open access journal or depositing work into an open access repository. Importantly, the guide addresses how open access goals can affect an author’s relationship with their commercial publisher and provides guidance on how to negotiate a proper allocation of copyright interests between an author and publisher. A Copyright Toolkit is provided to further assist authors in managing their copyright.

Open Access to Research: An Innovation Priority

Submitted by sdalgleish on Tue, 2008-06-03 22:22.

In April, Professor Fitzgerald and IP:KCE researchers submitted four submissions to the National Review of the Innovation System across the various IP:KCE research projects. The submissions were: Review of the National Innovation System; What is Open Access?; Innovation Review Contracts e-Research; and, Submission Innovation Review Copyright.

What is Open Access.pdf

OAK Law Releases Survey on Academic Authors and Open Access

Submitted by Scott on Wed, 2008-05-28 11:24.

The OAK Law Project has released the results of its 2007 nation-wide survey of the attitudes and practices of Australian academic authors towards the publication and dissemination of their research in its report, Academic authorship, publishing agreements and open access: Survey Results.

The survey obtained evidence of author's experiences with publishing agreements, their perceptions of open access and commercial publishing, their understanding of copyright ownership in their research and their involvement with online repositories and open access journals. It is envisaged that the results will be used to enhance the strategic management of copyright in the Australian research sector, especially in relation to open access.

The report can be downloaded from the Queensland University of Technology’s ePrints (Open-access archive of QUT research literature).

The OAK Law Project will be sending hard copies of the report to universites in the next few weeks. OAK Law has a limited amount of hard copies available to be posted to any academics who may request them. Please email to make a request.

OAK Law at the APSR Open Access Collections

Submitted by annie on Wed, 2008-03-12 11:02.

OAK Law Project Manager Scott Kiel-Chisholm and OAK Law Researcher Dr Anne Fitzgerald have given a presentation at The Australian Partnership for Sustainable Repositories (APSR) Open Access Collections. As part of the one day workshop on the challenges and opportunities of open access publishing for Australian universities held on Thursday, February 14, 2008 at Customs House in Brisbane, Dr Fitzgerald and Mr Kiel-Chisholm addressed the topic ‘Managing Copyright for Open Access’.

The slides from the presentation can be accessed here.

The APSR Project aims to establish a centre of excellence for the management of scholarly assets in digital format.

APSR works closely with research communities, information professionals, technical staff, and higher education policy makers on a series of development projects, surveys, publications, seminars, and training workshops. The Partnership aims to help create the systems required for managing data and information in a research environment and simultaneously to increase the capability of Australian researchers to do so.

Launch of the OAKList

Submitted by Scott on Tue, 2008-02-12 12:40.

QUT's OAK Law Project has developed a web-enabled database containing information about publishing agreements and publishers' open access policies and practices. It is designed to facilitate greater access to research, especially that which is publicly funded.

The launch of the OAKList on Thursday, 7 February 2008, went fantastically. John Wilbanks, Executive Director of Science Commons, did a great presentation on the development of open access and brought the OAKList to life with the push of a button.

The URL for the OAKList is

More information on the launch is available here.

Scott Kiel-Chisholm, OAK Law Project Manager
Photographer, Rachel Cobcroft, licensed under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 2.0 Licence at Flickr.

Vice-Chancellor's Award for Excellence

Submitted by sdalgleish on Fri, 2007-11-30 15:01.

The Open Access to Knowledge (OAK) Law team led by Professor Brian Fitzgerald has received a Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in a ceremony held on 31 October, 2007 at Kelvin Grove. The Awards are offered annually to recognise exceptional performance of staff who demonstrate sustained and outstanding achievement in activities that are aligned to the University’s vision and goals. Nominations must be made by 3 independent members of QUT staff.

The OAK Law team were nominated under multiple categories:

  • Research
  • Partnerships and engagement
  • Innovation and creative practice; and
  • Leadership.

    Each award recipient received a commemorative plaque and a certificate detailing reasons for the award and the team received $15,000 to be divided evenly between team members as salary payment or for work-related purposes.

  • Academic Authorship, Publishing Agreements and Open Access Survey

    Submitted by Scott on Mon, 2007-10-01 11:56.
    survey The Project has undertaken a survey of academic and scholarly authors in Australia to obtain an understanding of authors' knowledge of publishing agreements and their experience in dealing with publishers in order to provide an accurate perspective on current academic publishing practices. The results received from the survey will be used in developing model publishing agreements, toolkits and training materials for academic authors and publishers.


    The OAK Law Project seeks to promote strategies for the management of copyright so as to facilitate optimal access to research output, especially that which is publicly funded.

    We know that time is valuable, so we would like to thank all those who completed the survey. We are confident that the results will assist us in developing practical tools that can be used by authors to better manage their copyright.

    The survey results will soon appear on this website.

    Thanks to takomabibelot for the photo of the Boston Public Library Bates Hall Reading Room & Clocks, From The Government Documents Office (Boston, MA). It is available at Flickr under a Creative Commons Attribution Licence.

    New report released by OAK Law Project and Legal Framework for e-Research Project

    Building the Infrastructure for Data Access and Reuse In Collaborative Research: An Analysis of the Legal Context

    This Report examines the legal framework within which research data is generated, managed, disseminated and used. It provides an overview of the operation of copyright law, contract and confidentiality laws, as well as a range of legislation - privacy, public records and freedom of information legislation – that is of relevance to research data. The Report considers how these legal rules apply to define rights in research data and regulate the generation, management and sharing of data. The Report also describes and explains current practices and attitudes towards data sharing. A wide array of databases is analysed to ascertain the arrangements currently in place to manage and provide access to research data. Finally, the Report encourages researchers and research organisations to adopt proper management and legal frameworks for research data outputs. It provides practical guidance on the development and implementation of legal frameworks for data management with the objective of ensuring that research data can be accessed and used by other researchers.

    Download Report