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.

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.

Make researching easier with library guides!

If you haven’t heard of our library guides, then sit down, relax, have a read and thank us later!

Library Guides is a 24/7 Griffith service that compiles all the databases and key information resources you’ll need for your subject area into one centralised area, in turn making it so much easier to find crucial information.

All you need to do is go to the Borrowing and Resources library page and select your discipline under Library guides.

You can select a broad discipline, such as health, or further narrow your selection to a specific subject, such as nursing and midwifery or psychology for example.

Library guides help to ensure that you’re accessing resources and information you need, not falling into a research hole. Talk about a time saver!

We have library guides for all of the below disciplines. Just click within the discipline for further subject-specific guides:

Online resources to assist with your studies

Here at Griffith, we want to give every student the absolute best opportunity to excel and succeed in everything they do. This is exactly why we introduced our online self-help resources just for you.

These resources are free (our fave word) services readily available for students who want to make their work the best it can possibly be.

Study Smart

An amazing online resource with info on:

Head over to the studysmart webpage for more!

Academic Integrity Tutorial

Academic misconduct can occur when students feel like they are under pressure, or don’t have enough time to complete work with integrity. We want to help prevent this! The academic integrity webpage includes info on how to enrol in an Academic Integrity Tutorial available on Learning@Griffith. Make sure to check it out.

Academic Skills Workbook

A workbook which has been created to help you develop and apply your academic, information and digital literacies. The Academic Skills Workbook is comprised of several interactive worksheets designed to develop your academic, information and digital literacies. The Academic Skills Workbook webpage provides detailed tutorials on how to correctly use the Academic Skills Workbook.


A free online tutoring service available to all Griffith students seeking advice on improving their writing skills. You can: 

  • submit your writing for detailed review
  • request an appointment with a tutor, or
  • submit questions online.

It takes up to 24 hours for a tutor to respond, so make sure that you don’t leave it until the due date! Don’t forget, the tutors won’t edit, proofread and entirely restructure your assignment for you. After all, that’s what uni is all about! But they are absolutely there to help you through the process and provide suggestions wherever necessary. Read all about it on the smarthinking webpage.


Just remember, you’re never alone. We got you!

Fly into your research and publishing

Attention researchers and post-grads. We’ve got some readily available assistance to help you conquer your research. So sit back, relax and listen up…it’ll be well worth it!

We have a very useful Research and Publishing webpage to help you through the entire process. The webpage covers everything from getting started on your research journey to getting published and attaining academic impact.

You’ll find links to:

o Free workshops on topics like EndNote, developing your academic argument, editing your writing, managing your research data, publishing during your PhD and many more;

o Postgraduate Research Information Skills Modules designed to guide you through every stage of your research journey;

o Strategic publishing guidelines to assist you through publishing;

o Academic impact resources;

o Best practice data guidelines, plus much more.

Clearly, as a postgrad or Higher Degree Research candidate, you’re extremely committed to your research and career path, and the Griffith Library is here to help you succeed. So, if you need more help, you can book in for a free consultation with a specialist Discipline Librarian to assist you with your research specific information needs.

Happy researching!

Dr Snigdha Tiash for World Malaria Day

Dr Snigdha Tiash Research Fellow GRIDD

25 April is World Malaria Day (WMD). The Griffith Institute for Drug Discovery (GRIDD) conducts research with the goal of developing new drugs to eradicate malaria. Today we are featuring a research fellow in the Skinner-Adams Group at GRIDD, Dr Snigdha Tiash, who is also helping organise this year’s activities at the institute to commemorate WMD.

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