National Scholarly Communications Forum

The National Scholarly Communications Forum (NSCF) provides an opportunity to exchange information on changes and challenges to the context and structures of scholarly communication in Australia.

Since 1993, the Forum has bought together Australia’s Research Councils, libraries, Government Departments and agencies, Learned Academies, national cultural and archive institutions and universities to explore these issues.

Improving access to Australia’s Research

The latest Forum was held in August 2017, Canberra. Organised around the theme ‘Improving Access to Australia’s Research: Policy Frameworks’, representatives across a broad range of agencies and institutions discussed the need for improved access to Australian research to maximise economic, cultural, social and health benefits and to affirm the effectiveness of public investment in research.

An overview of event’s discussion points is available online, signaling next steps and challenges for improving frameworks for the creation, distribution, access and impact of Australian research.

Also available are select presentations from:

  • David Sweeney (Higher Education Funding Council for England) on scholarly communication issues in the UK
  • Virginia Barbour (Australasian Open Access Strategy Group) and Jill Benn (The University of Western Australia) on a Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable (FAIR) model for Australia’s research outputs
  • Kylie Emery (Australian Research Council) on theARC’s open access policy
  • Ellen Broad (former Head of Policy, Open Data Institute, UK) on open infrastructures for making data interoperable and reusable
  • Nicholas Gruen (Lateral Economics) on refashioning a new ecology of public and private endeavour in academic publishing
  • Emeritus Professor Tom Cochrane (Queensland University of Technology) on possible next steps for this collective agenda 


Past NSCF workshops and presentations are available via the National Library of Australia’s Pandora archive

Further information

The Academy has provided administrative support for the National Scholarly Communications Forum (NSCF) since its establishment in 1993.  For further information, please contact us.