Charles Darwin University

CDU eSpace
Institutional Repository

CDU Staff and Student only

News Subscribe to the RSS news feed

We are moving eSpace research outputs to CDU Research Webportal
Posted Fri, 22 Jun 2018, 08:41:55 CST by Ujjal Kandel
Charles Darwin University eSpace research outputs are on the move. Our institutional repository now comprises CDU’s Research Information System (RIS) and the CDU Research Webportal. This change in digital location is designed to better manage the research data and open access publications needs of the university and provides access to the most recent developments in research data and publication management for the discovery, citation and reuse of research outcomes. From within the Research Information System (RIS), researchers can store and maintain their research outputs and activities. Through the CDU Research Webportal research outputs from across the University can be shared and discovered. For more information, contact
23 (research data) Things
Posted Fri, 04 Mar 2016, 10:03:32 CST by Neil Godfrey

ANDS has begun an online course in Research data management with 23 (research data) Things

What is 23 (research data) Things?
23 Things is a recognised training concept with several organisations already using the idea to help Librarians, data managers and others to build their understanding of research data and its potential.

How to Cite Author Versions
Posted Fri, 04 Mar 2016, 09:58:53 CST by Neil Godfrey

CDU Library staff have updated the CDU Referencing Guide for APA and Harvard and now include examples of how to reference pre-publication author accepted and submitted versions of articles that are made open access in eSpace.

For quick reference they have also been posted here on the Open Access Libguide.

Living Archive of Aboriginal Languages
Posted Wed, 17 Feb 2016, 14:30:39 CST by Neil Godfrey
9 Feb 2016 Project presented at VALA2016 conference on “Libraries, Technologies and the Future” in Melbourne – see the paper in this repository at

The online presentation can be seen at the VALA conference site. You may have to register to view.

As an Open-Access Megajournal Cedes Some Ground, a Movement Gathers Steam
Posted Thu, 28 Jan 2016, 11:45:56 CST by Neil Godfrey
From The Chronicle of Higher Education:

As an Open-Access Megajournal Cedes Some Ground, a Movement Gathers Steam

By Paul Basken JANUARY 13, 2016

Last year PLOS ONE published 10 percent fewer papers than it did two years ago. Its editors say that’s a sign that more major publishers are taking open-access publications seriously.
Sharing Individual Participant Data (IPD) within the Context of the Trial Reporting System (TRS)
Posted Thu, 28 Jan 2016, 11:41:36 CST by Neil Godfrey
Sharing Individual Participant Data (IPD) within the Context of the Trial Reporting System (TRS)

Deborah A. Zarin , Tony Tse

Published: January 19, 2016DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1001946

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) [1], journal editors [2,3], and many others [4–6] have called for more widespread, third-party access to the individual participant data (IPD) and associated documentation from clinical trials (i.e., “IPD sharing”). Advocates assert that access to trial IPD will help to address well-established flaws in the current system of communicating trial results, including nonpublication, selective reporting, and lack of reproducibility [7]. Additional proposed benefits include the ability to reanalyze study data (e.g., validation and/or correction of previously published findings [8]) and to combine data from multiple studies (e.g., IPD-level meta-analyses [9]). Others note the burdens and costs associated with preparing IPD and associated documentation for sharing, the need to ensure participant privacy, and the risk of invalid analyses [10].
Sharing Clinical Trial Data: A Proposal from the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors
Posted Thu, 28 Jan 2016, 11:38:37 CST by Neil Godfrey
Sharing Clinical Trial Data: A Proposal from the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors

Darren B. Taichman , Joyce Backus, Christopher Baethge, Howard Bauchner, Peter W. de Leeuw, Jeffrey M. Drazen, John Fletcher, Frank A. Frizelle, Trish Groves, Abraham Haileamlak, Astrid James, Christine Laine, Larry Peiperl, [ ... ], Sinan Wu

Published: January 20, 2016DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1001950

The International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) believes that there is an ethical obligation to responsibly share data generated by interventional clinical trials because participants have put themselves at risk. In a growing consensus, many funders around the world—foundations, government agencies, and industry—now mandate data sharing. Here we outline ICMJE’s proposed requirements to help meet this obligation. We encourage feedback on the proposed requirements. Anyone can provide feedback at by 18 April 2016.
"Academic Social Networks and Open Access: French Researchers at the Crossroads"
Posted Thu, 28 Jan 2016, 11:30:15 CST by Neil Godfrey
Christine Okret-Manville has published "Academic Social Networks and Open Access: French Researchers at the Crossroads" in LIBER Quarterly.

Here's an excerpt:

For some years, researchers have been using new ways to communicate and share their work by using academic social networks. In an attempt to foster the development of Open Access in France, the French consortium COUPERIN (Unified Consortium of Higher Education and Research Organizations for Access to Numerical Publications) proposed that academic social networks could be used to convince researchers of becoming more involved in Open Access. To test this hypothesis, a nationwide survey was launched in 2014 to explore whether and how these academic social networks are used to share content, but also how they compare to other Open Access classic tools. Within a month (20 May to 20 June), 1,898 researchers answered this 28-question survey. It was fully completed by 1,698 of them.

Open Access Button
Posted Fri, 23 Oct 2015, 10:20:11 CST by Neil Godfrey
We all know the frustration of finding the research paper you need, but you can't afford the $40 to access it. The Open Access Button helps you get the research you want right now, and adds papers you still need to your wishlist.
ANDS Research Data Management workshop at CDU
Posted Mon, 21 Sep 2015, 15:29:34 CST by Neil Godfrey
The RDM Workshop was held 7th September 2015. The presentations have been made available on CDU Library's RDM Subject Guide.
Open access supporter page (Australian Open Access Support Group)
Posted Thu, 16 Oct 2014, 12:23:06 CST by Neil Godfrey
NHMRC Removes Journal Impact Factors from Peer Review of Individual Research Grant and Fellowship Applications
Posted Thu, 28 Aug 2014, 09:24:02 CST by Neil Godfrey

See The NHMRC statement

NHMRC Conclusion:

* A peer review system that gives prime consideration to the impact factor of journals for peer review of individual applications is unfair and unscholarly.

* Its use in this way is supported neither by high impact journals themselves, nor by the originators of the impact factor.

* Therefore, NHMRC will no longer call for inclusion of impact factors in applications nor use journal impact factors in peer reviewed evaluations.

Myths About Open Access
Posted Thu, 31 Jul 2014, 14:54:45 CST by Neil Godfrey

"The harm caused by myths about open access” Peter Suber – 30 July 2014

"Open access ix myths put to rest" Peter Suber – The Guardian 22 October 2013

"Busting the top five myths about open access” Danny Kingsley, The Conversation 11 July 2013

Latest Initiative: Efficiency and Standards for Article Charges (ESAC)
Posted Thu, 31 Jul 2014, 14:57:27 CST by Neil Godfrey

ESAC stands for “Efficiency and Standards for Article Charges”. ESAC aims to

*address the challenges associated with the management of Open Access article charges (alias: APCs, article processing charges, article page charges, article fee etc.);

*start the discussion on efficient workflows involving all parties such as funders, libraries, authors, standardization initiatives, and publishers;

*propose good practices and proven workflows.

As Open Access publishing is growing, libraries, funders, and open access publishers are faced with the need to establish administrative routines for the management of Article Processing Charges (APCs). Without past experience in managing, many institutions have turned to manual systems of processing payments and/or established routines that may not be scalable as the uptake of pure OA among their researchers grows.

The ESAC initiative evolved from this workshop to communicate its results, to preserve the discussion and to establish a platform where practical solutions can be proposed.

As a first step, ESAC suggests an improved data exchange between publishers and institutions in order to process invoices for APCs more efficiently and to enable institutions to generate reports on their APC budget expenses. Additionally, some ideas for the enhancement of workflows with regards to publisher¹s submitting systems are introduced.

Learn more at

See also the article on managing article processing charges ahe Australian Open Access Support Group (AOASG) site:

Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) 2012 National Report
Posted Fri, 11 Jul 2014, 17:17:18 CST by Neil Godfrey

In 2012, the Australian Research Council conducted the second evaluation of Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA). The report provides the outcomes of the ERA 2012 evaluations, which applies to research undertaken between 1 January 2005 and 31 December 2010.

Charles Darwin University scored well above world standard (5) for evidence of outstanding performance in Clinical Sciences; above world standard (4) in the Environmental Sciences, the Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences, and Medical Microbiology; and at world standard (3) in Biological Sciences, Information and Computing Sciences, Economics, Medical and Health, and Public Health and Health Services.


Open Letter to Elsevier
Posted Fri, 11 Jul 2014, 16:49:26 CST by Neil Godfrey

LIBER, the Association of European Research Libraries, along with 17 other International library and research organisations, have issued an open letter to Elsevier.

The letter requests that Elsevier withdraw its TDM [text and data mining] policy because it places unfair restrictions on how researchers can mine content to which they have legal access to and how they disseminate the results of their research.

The letter is available @

It is open to further signatories, so please disseminate amongst your networks! Individuals or organisations wishing to sign the letter should forward their details and logo on to:

The Global SCImago Institutions Rankings (SIR)
Posted Fri, 11 Jul 2014, 16:49:13 CST by Neil Godfrey

The Global SCImago Institutions Rankings (SIR)is an annual report that evaluates research performance in organisations that have had at least 100 documents published in the last year of the preceding five years.

The 2013 Global SIR shows that Charles Darwin University's performance has improved against all indicators except for the number of papers in which the lead author is listed as belonging to the University, and the degree of specialisations of publications.

In 2013, quality of research output is high, with the University ranked

* 16th for Normalized Impact, indicating that the University's research is quoted approximately 30% more than the world average;

* 18th for Percentage International Collaboration, a reflection of the percentage of publications that have international co-authors;

* and first for percentage of high-quality publications, which reflects the proportion of CDU publications that appear in highly ranked journals. . . . (p. 5 CDU Annual Report 2013)


Times Higher Education World University Rankings
Posted Fri, 11 Jul 2014, 16:48:48 CST by Neil Godfrey

The Thomson Reuters Times Higher Education World University Rankings placed Charles Darwin University in the top 400 universities for the third consecutive year. The rankings are based on five indicators relating to international outlook, research citations, industry income and teaching.

The University's performance has improved in four of the five indicators, with the most improvement occurring in measurements relating to international outlook and research. . . . (p. 5, CDU Annual Report 2013)