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Updated 18 December, 2008

Scholarly Communication in CAUL.

The CAUL Scholarly Communication Working Group has been inactive, its work being undertaken instead  within the CAUL Executive Committee.  The SCWG was officially wound up in 2005.  The email list is still live, and is open to all CAUL personnel for information and/or discussion of scholarly communication issues.  (31/1/06)
CAUL Statement on Open Access (September, 2004)
Transforming scholarly communication:  a Monash University perspective. Cathrine Harboe-Ree. (11th March, 2005)
An evaluation of citation databases as sources of data in research assessment exercises: A report commissioned by the Libraries of the Australian Technology Network (LATN).  Gaby Haddow, Curtin University Library, August 2008

Other organisations involved in Scholarly Communication

SPARC (The Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition) - conceived as a partnership project of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and other educational and research organizations. Its mission is to be a catalyst for change through the creation of a more competitive marketplace for research information. SPARC will promote academic values of access to information for research and teaching and encourage innovative uses of technology to improve scholarly communication.  (US)
    Information Access Alliance.  American Association of Law Libraries (AALL), American Library Association (ALA), Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), Association of Research Libraries (ARL), Medical Library Association (MLA), SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition), Special Libraries Association (SLA) (US)
    SPARC Europe  - supported by CURL, IWI, JISC, SCONUL, SPARC, and UKB with participation from LIBER. (EU)
The Open Archives Initiative Budapest Open Access Initiative (BOAI)
BOAI Frequently Asked Questions
IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations)
IFLA Statement on Open Access to Scholarly Literature and Research Documentation. 5/12/03 
ADT (Australian Digital Theses Program)
ISCA (International Scholarly Communication Alliance)
NSCF (National Scholarly Communications Forum)
CISC (Coalition for Innovation in Scholarly Communication)

Scholarly Communication Lists

ozeprints - an e-mail list for discussion on Australian ePrint archive.  University of Queensland Library.  mailto: with the message "subscribe ozeprints" (include no subject line and no signature file)

JISC-REPOSITORIES@JISCMAIL.AC.UK, set up by the JISC Digital Repositories Programme support team for the discussion of cross-domain and international repository technologies and activities, plus any other epository-related issues.  Anyone working with repositories or interested in any aspect of international repository activity is encouraged to subscribe, either by clicking on the following URL:
(For discussion and support relating to repository interoperability in e-learning, please use the CETIS Metadata & Digital Repositories SIG list.)

SPARC-IR (SPARC Institutional Repositories Discussion List)

SCHOLCOMM (ALA, Association of College and Research Libraries)

BOAI Forum and BOAI Forum Archive

A complete archive of the ongoing discussion of providing open access to the peer-reviewed research literature online is available at the American Scientist September Forum (98 & 99 & 00 & 01 & 02):

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