Open scholarship – opening up a discussion

Griffith supports open scholarship – Open scholarship is fundamentally about making research visible and sharing knowledge.

Did you know, Australian universities pay more than $280 million to databases so their students, academics and staff can access research outputs? And this really is only accessible to people who are part of the university and is not available for public access.

Widening access to research opens up collaboration with other researchers, especially international researchers; contributes to an increased pace of discoveries; creates trust with the public and their engagement with research; as well as supporting a stronger evidence base for the development of policies.

With the introduction of Plan S in Europe, the Council of Australian University Librarians, CAUL, and Australasian Open Access Strategy Group, AOASG, are taking this opportunity to create a discussion on how Australia can realign with rest of the world. Making research more F.A.I.R. (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable) would ensure anyone can find, read, use and reuse research outputs.

You can read their official CAUL-AOASG joint election statement, Developing a strategic approach to open scholarship in Australia, on the AOASG blog.

Tips for the day of your exam

Yep, it’s that time already; examination block begins next week! The stress of the upcoming exams may have you forgetting exactly what you need to do to absolutely ace them.

We’ve compiled a list of 6 exam day tips to help ensure you perform your best on the test.

1. Pack your bag

Remember to pack everything you need for the exam. You don’t want that last minute panic realising you forgot your student ID or a pen. Whether you will need a calculator, ruler, protractor or a specific pencil that you’ve searched high and low for, organise everything the night before so you don’t forget anything in a hurry the day of.

2. Eat and drink something

Did you know that drinking water helps to improve mental performance, memory, mood and decision making? So, don’t forget to bring a water bottle on the day to help stay hydrated! We get that sometimes it’s hard to eat healthily or eat at all when you’re nervous, but it’s important to eat a good healthy breakfast or a little brain food to help fuel your concentration and avoid hunger during the exam.

3. Get there early

It’s always best that you arrive a little early not only so that you can ensure you’re actually at the right place, but it’s important that you have time to get settled and you’re not flying through the door when the exam has already started. Arriving late can cause anxiety, get you started on the wrong foot and of course, you lose that precious time! Use the time to double check the equipment you can bring into the exam but try to avoid last minute cramming!

4. Answer what you want, when you want

There is no law about what order you must answer the questions. Luckily, the exam police will not arrest you if you complete the last questions first or even start half way through the questions. You may be less anxious if you answer all the easier questions first and then allocate the remaining time to the more difficult ones.

5. Read exam questions carefully

Under stressful exam conditions, you may be tempted to skim over the question quickly so you can get on with drafting an answer. The danger with this is that you may misunderstand, misread or simply miss a vital part of the question. Take your time and make sure you know exactly what you are being asked before you start answering.

6. Review your answers carefully

Finished your exam with minutes to spare? Don’t leave early. Instead, use that time to review your answers. You will kick yourself if you accidentally missed a multiple-choice question, change your mind on something because you remembered the correct answer or forget about the short essay question on the back page that you didn’t see because you rushed out of the exam room.

Good luck!


Library Week and National Simultaneous Storytime

Griffith University library celebrates National Simultaneous Storytime 2019!

National Simultaneous Storytime (NSS) is held annually by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA). Every year a picture book, written and illustrated by an Australian author and illustrator, is read simultaneously in libraries, schools, pre-schools, childcare centres, family homes, bookshops and many other places around the country. This is the second year that Griffith University, in conjunction with Yarranlea Primary School, has participated.

NSS 2019 features Matt Cosgrove’s fun and colourful ‘Alpacas with Maracas’.

What do you do when you have a lot of spirit but not a lot of talent? Compete in a talent show, of course!

Do Al and Macca win the talent contest? You’ll have to read the book to find out!

Find out more about National Simultaneous Storytime and watch out for our update with pictures of the fun as we read Alpacas with Maracas!

Approached by lecturers or school to publish an article?

First – woo hoo! That is awesome and a very exciting moment on your academic pathway.

Second, do you know much about preparing and sending an article for publication?

It’s all good – that’s what your library is here for! We have created Strategic Publishing Guidelines for this precise moment in your life.

Planning is all about considering all aspects of the scholarly life-cycle – from building an author profile to measuring the impact of your published work. Now is the time to think about:

  • Desired outcomes
  • Target audience
  • Intellectual property
  • Research integrity and ethics
  • Regulatory requirements and professional obligations
  • Budget
  • Publishing strategy

Publishing strategy is very important; plan out how you are to achieve your end goal of being published. By thinking on the below points, you will save yourself time, understand the practical steps you need to take and increase the likelihood of aligning your publication source with the intention of your submission.

  • Relevance
  • Quality and credibility
  • Reach
  • Editorial process
  • Consistency in author name
  • Data publishing requirements
  • Publishing fees
  • Post publication strategy
  • Data publication

Profile management is important to your visibility in the academic and professional world of publishing. A well-defined profile will showcase the impact of your research, find new audiences and collaborators. Social media and academic networking services will help you expand the reach of your research.

  • Researcher profiles
  • Researcher identifiers
  • Social networking
  • Academic social networks
  • Other tools
  • Personal impact

If you are working towards publishing your research, it’s always a good time to read up on the basics. With this information and understanding already in your toolkit as a researcher, you can take your knowledge and research further.

Celebrating diversity with IDAHOBIT

Rainbow flag


Did you know the libraries are Safe Places?

And on Friday 17 May each campus will be raising the rainbow flag to show our solidarity on International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia and Transphobia – IDAHOBIT.

Join us for a cupcake and some great ALLY Network merchandise as we show our support for the LGBTIQ+ community and continue to encourage inclusivity.

Friday 17 May 2019


  • Mt Gravatt 9.15 am with Professor Gerry Docherty, Dean (Research)
  • Nathan 10 am with Martin Betts, DVC (Engagements)
  • South Bank (QCGU) 11 am with Professor Paul Mazerolle, PVC (AEL)
  • Logan noon with Dr Angella Duvnjak
  • Gold Coast 2 pm with Marnie King, HR Strategy and Innovations

At Griffith, everyone belongs.

Lightning talks: The New Disruptors

Digital disruption is viewed with suspicion. We are better connected than ever but feel on edge.

What are the ethical, moral and social consequences of our enmeshed online world? With tech revolutions rocking the foundations of society, how can we allay these fears?

Is the enjoyment in your life slipping away under a morass of Facebook notifications and Twitter mentions? Worried your personal information was compromised by Cambridge Analytica to swing an election?

Do you enjoy memes but hate when they’re co-opted to sell products? And what are influencers anyway?

Griffith Review and Griffith Library are presenting Lightning talks- The New Disruptors featuring two Griffith Review contributors:

Ian Townsend

  1. Ian is completing his history PhD on the 1899 Pearling Fleet Disaster at the University of Queensland. He worked for many years with ABC Radio National and is the winner of four Eureka Prizes for science and medical journalism. His books include the novels Affection (4th Estate, 2007) and The Devil’s Eye (HarperCollins, 2008), and the non-fiction Line of Fire (HarperCollins, 2017).

Margaret Gibson

  1. Margaret is a cultural sociologist and academic at Griffith University. Her books include Objects of the Dead: Mourning and Memory in Everyday Life (MUP, 2008) and the recently co-authored Living and Dying in a Virtual World: Digital Kinships, Nostalgia, and Mourning in Second Life (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018).

Assoc Prof Ingrid Burkett

  1. Ingrid Burkett is one of the co-directors of Griffith University’s Yunus Social Business Centre based in Logan. The mission of the Yunus Social Business Centre is to equip people with the knowledge, capacity, and opportunities to innovate and create social impact through business.

Dr Dinesh Palipana

  1. Dinesh Palipana is currently a resident medical officer at the Gold Coast University Hospital. He is a lecturer at Griffith University and adjunct research fellow at the Menzies Health Institute of Queensland. He has research interests in spinal cord injury, particularly with novel rehabilitation techniques.


  1. Thursday 23 May 2019
  2. Noon


  1. Logan Library- The Collaboratory

PebblePad is your own personal learning environment

We are guessing someone has told you about PebblePad – in fact, we’re sure some lecturers have already asked you to use PebblePad!

PebblePad (that’s four times we’ve told you the name so you will remember) is a platform to collect, curate, create, communicate and share. Not just for lecturers, assignments and Uni work, but for your own personal and professional achievements and portfolios.

In fact, as a student, there is no better time to start creating your professional portfolio! You can:

  • Develop your professional identity and employability-related skills through creating and analysing authentic artefacts.
  • Create and capture timely on-the-job documentation and reflections.
  • Create, control and curate an organised electronic ‘evidence base’ of your work to produce a ‘showcase portfolio’.

You can check out the online guides and videos on how to get started and create your personal learning environment tailored to you. You can even have a look at some examples to give you an idea of where to start.

If you are graduating this trimester, go you (congrats!), you can even turn it into an Alumni account*.

*Note this process needs to happen before your official graduation date, so mark it on your calendar as an ‘assignment’ to be sure you complete the task.