Monday, 22 September 2008

Australia plans for open access

THES reports that Kim Carr, the Australian Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research is planning reforms which will allow open access to all of the nation's publicly funded research. Australia currently produces 3 per cent the world's research papers and it is therefore in the Country's interest to "promote the freest possible flow of information domestically and globally". In a speech on the report he is quoted as saying, "The arguments for stepping out first on open access are the same as the arguments for stepping out first on emissions trading - the more willing we are to show leadership on this, the more chance we have of persuading other countries to reciprocate.

Read the THES article in full

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