"The COP26 meeting has sharpened the world’s focus on climate change. To adapt
and thrive in a world of reduced emissions, Australian businesses and
communities need access to the technologies and innovation made possible by the
nation’s researchers. But most Australian research is locked behind publisher
Open access to research has become an important strategy to speed innovation.
Making COVID-19-related research and data publicly accessible to fast-track the
development of vaccines, treatments and policies is one example.
Given the gravity of the global climate emergency, it seems reasonable also to
use open access to help speed green innovation.
But, as Prime Minister Scott Morrison recently noted, research systems driven
by a “publish or perish mindset” do little to spur innovation. Scholarly
communication models that lock research behind paywalls slow the flow of new
knowledge from researchers into real-world innovation.
Australian universities pay hundreds of millions of dollars in subscription
fees each year for access to publications by Australian researchers.
Businesses, policy advisers, think-tanks and private individuals who don’t have
access to a university library must either pay separately for access or miss
This is despite the fact Australia invests an estimated A$12 billion of
taxpayer money each year in research and innovation, according to Chief
Scientist Cathy Foley. Action is needed to ensure this publicly funded research
can be translated into innovation for the wider economy."
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics