The benefits of Open Access: join the discussion

Have you heard of Open Access Week?

If so, you already know how marvellous this initiative it. However, if you haven’t, it’s time to get schooled!  Open Access Week is an opportunity for you to learn about the potential benefits of open access, share what you’ve learned with colleagues, and to help to make open access a new norm in scholarship and research.

Of course, you want to know more. To celebrate Open Access Week, Griffith Library is hosting a panel discussion. It will focus on the 2017 theme, “Open in order to…”

Now, if you’re thinking ‘in order to what?’, then you obviously have to come along – as we’ve prepared a panel of experts to answer this question for you.

They’ll discuss their experience in open research, explore what tangible actions Griffith academics and HDR candidates can take to enhance their research and deliver social dividends, and examine how we can balance this with our research performance in ranking schemas.

You’ll also be invited to join the discussion too, as we want to hear your views and insight (hey, Griffith hired you for more than just your good looks!).

Thursday 26 October 2017  |  11:00am – 12:30pm

Refreshments to follow

Environment 1 (N55), Lecture Theatre 0.06, Nathan Campus
Videoconference: Science Engineering and Architecture (G39), Room 4.27, Gold Coast campus
Videoconference: Webb Centre (S02), Room 7.16, South Bank campus

Register here. Registration is essential and will close on Tuesday 24 October 2017.

Check out the full event website for more information.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Remember to get involved in the conversation using #OAWeek.



More events to celebrate Open Access week. 

Other universities are jumping on board to celebrate too, so check the other events available:

Open Educational Resources: Open in order to… transform education

  • Wednesday 25 October 2017, 8:15am – 10:00am
  • The Terrace Room, Level 6, Sir Llew Edwards Building (Bldg 14), UQ, St Lucia
  • Register now

Open Access Week 2017 webinar presented by SPARC’s Heather Joseph

The Power of Open: International policy and practice

  • Friday 27 October 2017, 10am – 11:30am
  • Z-1064 (The Gibson Room), QUT, Gardens Point
  • Register now

Be visible, be open: Strategic publishing for impact 

Interactive workshops for Griffith academics, HDR, researchers only

  • Register: Wednesday 25 October 2017, 1:00pm -2:30pm, Nathan campus
  • Register: Friday 27 October 2017, 11:00am – 12:30pm, Gold Coast campus


Access to The Chronicle of Higher Education

You’re always switched on!

As a Griffith academic, you are ahead of the curve with relevant news, information and trends in higher education.

But, just in case you sometimes fall behind the eight ball, we’ve got you covered.

Griffith University Library provides you with unlimited, premium access to the entire Chronicle of Higher Education, including:

  • daily news and advice columns
  • in-depth articles about current issues faced by universities
  • an archive of previously published content
  • vibrant discussion forums
  • career-building tools such as online CV management
  • data and analysis on the latest higher education trends, statistics, and salaries
  • a huge range of e-newsletters.

You can access the The Chronicle of Higher Education from any location, any device, any time. Simply, create a free account and login to access premium content:

  1. Go to
  2. Click on ‘Log In’ in the top right corner
  3. Click on ‘Create an Account’
  4. Use your Griffith email address and choose a password

Happy browsing.

What can you do in October to become a better researcher?


You can attend our series of Higher Degree Research (HDR) Workshops. They are targeted to support you through all stages of the research lifecycle.

All staff and students are welcome to attend these workshops but preference will be given to HDR candidates. Once you have registered you will receive an email confirmation, please select add to the calendar.

Student vacation week 1 (16 October – 20 October)

Date Time Workshop Location Campus
Thu 19/10 10:00am Endnote N53 1.49 Nathan
Fri 20/10 9:30am Online research survey tool G10 2.04 Gold Coast

Student vacation week 2 (23 October – 27 October)

Date Time Workshop Location Campus
Mon 23/10 1:00pm Endnote G10 2.04 Gold Coast
Tue 24/10 1:00pm Academic writing expectations at the HDR level N53 1.51 Nathan

Access primary source collections for the humanities and social sciences

Are you a social sciences or humanities researcher? Read on!

We’re sure you know: primary sources are important for research. They provide direct or firsthand evidence about an event, object, person, or work of art.

To assist with your research, over time, Griffith Library has acquired digital primary source collections for the humanities and social sciences. These include:

Eighteenth Century Journals Portal
Digitally access unique and rare 18th century journals. Eighteenth Century Journals Portal brings together rare journals printed between c.1685 and 1835, and illuminates all aspects of eighteenth-century social, political and literary life.

Mass Observation Sections I, II. III, IV
Mass Observation Online covers the original Mass Observation project, the bulk of which was carried out from 1937 until the mid-1950s, offering an unparalleled insight into everyday life in Britain during these transformative years.

Empire Online
Empire online has been developed to encourage undergraduates, postgraduates, academics and researchers to explore colonial history, politics, culture and society. Material in the collection spans five centuries, charting the story of the rise and fall of empires; from the explorations of Columbus, Captain Cook, and others, right through to de-colonisation in the second half of the twentieth century and debates over American Imperialism.

Slavery, Abolition and Justice 1490-2007
Access digital facsimiles of printed and manuscript materials relevant to trans-Atlantic slavery and abolition, as well as materials relating to slavery today, desegregation and social justice. Topics covered include the African Coast, the Middle Passage, the varieties of slave experience, religion, revolts, abolition and legislation. The facsimile documents are presented alongside contextual essays contributed by leading academics in the field. You’ll also find case studies from America, the Caribbean, Brazil, and Cuba.

Disaster Recovery testing

While some very lucky staff are off on trimester vacay, we’re taking the opportunity to complete the annual IT disaster recovery test. We’re putting our Scouts hat on, ‘Be Prepared’.

For those fortunate enough to be on the beach in Bali, you can continue sipping your cocktail knowing we’ve got your covered. You can trust that we’re on the ball, executing a fail-over test in the case of a major disaster.

The disaster recovery test is a major activity to ensure the University’s key information systems can be recovered and continue to operate in the event of a major disruption.

This year’s testing includes

  • A major site fail-over test simulating the loss of all in-house hosted systems. During this test period, access to all systems and associated links including access to the Griffith home page and internet will be unavailable.
  • Testing the fail-over capability of our critical telephone systems, student printing system and SharePoint document repository. During this test period, access to these systems could be interrupted.


The date and times and subject to change (it’s always in the small print) but currently, the date and times are:

  1. Sunday 22 October 2017
  • In-house hosted systems (including internet and wi-fi access)
    8am – noon
  • Telephones, student printing and SharePoint
    8am – midnight

While this may cause some inconvenience, these tests are required and you will receive more information as the date gets closer.

For further information, please contact Sudath Wijeratne.  More information about scheduled maintenance for the remainder of 2017 is available in the Maintenance Calendar.

8,900 new ebooks available from Springer

Calling all engineering, computer science, medicine and, biomedical and life science gurus! You can now access even more comprehensive bodies of scientific, medical and technical research documentation.

Our Scholarly Resource Services have recently enabled access to over 8 900 titles published from 2015 to 2017 in the following Springer Collections:

  • Biomedical and Life Sciences
  • Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Medicine

You can check out ebooks on robotics, cancer nanotheranostics, earthquake/tsunami engineering, gamification, self-aware computing systems, nanotechnology, and so much more. I can feel my IQ increasing just reading the titles!

To access these, simply:

  • Jump onto the library website
  • Click inside the library catalogue, to filter the search to books on the left hand side, and then electronic only from the drop down menu
  • Type in your search terms in the main text field. Use the keywords “springer”, and one of the collection names names listed above, for example “engineering” and start browsing.

Now you’re ready to start reading!

A quick Q&A with Professor Ciaran O’Faircheallaigh

Professor Ciaran O’Faircheallaigh


School of Government and International Relations academic, Professor Ciaran O’Faircheallaigh discusses his work in environmental conservation, staying at Griffith University and his work with Indigenous cultures.

1. What did you want to be when you were growing up?
I wanted to be a vet because I loved animals, especially horses.

2. Tell us about a previous job (work experience/volunteer work) that you’ve had.
When I studied at University people didn’t have part time jobs during semester, they worked during the summer holidays to keep them going during the academic year. I worked two summers in a bottling plant attached to a brewery. Seven or eight weeks without a  day off, shift work Monday to Friday, work all day Saturday and Sunday (double time, hoorah for penalty rates!), and saved a heap of money. This meant we were able to be full time students and really enjoy the whole university experience. I feel sorry for students today, a lot of them are under so much pressure with work and study, they miss out on a lot of what university has to offer outside the class room.

3. Which 3 apps do you use the most on your mobile device?
Calendar to know where I’m supposed to be and when; Google maps to get there; and Optus Sport to keep track of Aussie Rules and English Premier League.

4. Which 5 celebrities would you invite to your ultimate dinner party?
My kids will tell you that I’m not well up on celebrities. Rick Stein to cook and talk about food. James Halliday to talk about wine and bring a few great bottles from his cellar. Hilary Mantell to discuss writing and books. Diana Krall to sing for us after dinner. And Kevin Spacey just because I think he’s amazing.

5. Tell us about your favourite fictional character.
Fictional character or character in fiction? Thomas Cromwell, the central character in Hilary Mantell’s Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies. Like many really interesting characters, a complex mix. Calculating, ruthless, utterly unforgiving in pursuit of anyone who did him harm; but fiercely loyal, protective of people wronged by the powerful, and a loving father.

6. What’s the best thing about your current role?
Doing research with fascinating people in some amazing places.

7. What sparked your interest in Indigenous and environment governance?
Doing PhD field work in Bougainville, Papua New Guinea, at the Panguna copper mine, where poor governance of Indigenous issues and of environmental impacts  eventually led to an armed rebellion, the forced closure of one of the world’s biggest copper mines, and a civil war that resulted in the loss of thousands of lives.

8. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Not anywhere else, as I have no desire to leave Griffith. Maybe working less than full time and spending more time with my grandsons.

9. What’s been the highlight of your career so far?
Doing field work with Aboriginal traditional owners in Cape York and the Kimberley.

10. Tell us about a project/research you are working on at the moment.
I’m working with Conservation International and Oxfam America to help develop the negotiation capacity of their Indigenous partners from different parts of the world.

11. What wise advice do you have for new researchers?
Pick a research area you’re passionate about and make a long term commitment to building up your expertise in that area. You may have to take on other projects for career reasons, but plan to stay focused on your core research area for decades rather than years.

12. What’s the best resource you’ve discovered in your Griffith University Library?
Without doubt electronic access to journals and electronic document delivery.  Maybe only researchers who, like me, started their careers working with hard copies of journals that you couldn’t search electronically and couldn’t take out of the library can appreciate what a boon this is.

13. Can you give us your 3 best research tips?
See answer 11. for my best research tip. Two more. Don’t get discouraged if articles get rejected – some of the world’s best writers have had quite a few rejection slips early in their careers. Work on developing links between teaching and research – some great research ideas come from interactions with students, and students love to feel they’re getting access to ‘hot off the press’ research.