Email scam targeting Library clients

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Published on: 27 November 2013

It came to the Library’s attention that there is a fraudulent email scam targeting Library clients.

Some of our clients received an email that appears to be coming from the University of Sydney Librarian “Anne Bell” or Web Services Manager  “Gaith Bader”.

The email asks people to click on a link which redirects them to a bogus webpage that looks similar to the Library’s “Login to Library eResources” web page.

If a client inputs their UniKey details on that page their account credentials will be compromised.

The email and web page are not affiliated with the University of Sydney Library in any way.

Anyone who receives the email should delete it immediately.

If people have entered their information on the web page, they should contact ICT as soon as possible and report a possible compromise and change their UniKey password.

eBot Plant Sciences Collection

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Published on: 25 November 2013

eboteBot provides access to a rich research collection of plant sciences images contributed by staff and students of the University of Sydney. Researchers, gardeners, bushwalkers, artists … everyone is welcome to use eBot within the service’s terms and conditions.

Free for all to access > here





Chronic disease taking up more time for GPs

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Published on: 19 November 2013
GPs in Australia are working three hours less per week in direct clinical care, however they are dealing with more health problems per visit, research led by the University of Sydney shows. “Patients with Type 2 diabetes now account for 8 percent of a GP’s workload, and they spend almost twice as much time with […]

Australian Digital Collections

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Published on: 18 November 2013

ADC This collection of Australian fiction, poetry, plays and non-fictional works ranging from the 17th century to early 2000s has been funded from a number of national grants and institutional collaborations. The collection comprises a number of special interest collections which may be browsed and searched separately.

Free for all to access > here



Digital collections: Archaeological fish-bone images

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Published on: 11 November 2013

fishbone156The collection contains images of selected diagnostic anatomical elements from fish taxa commonly found on archaeological sites in the Sydney region, supplemented by taxa of the same family or genus from elsewhere where modern reference skeletons of Sydney taxa were not readily available.

Link to the collection > Archaeological fish-bone images



The difference between Green and Gold Open Access

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Published on: 11 November 2013

by Sten Christensen

open accessIn recent times there have been a number of drivers that have placed the notion of open access centre stage in many Australian universities. The biggest driver has been grant funder “open access mandates” especially those of the NHMRC and the ARC with a the move to compliance. A second major driver has been the release of the “Finch” Report” (Working Group on Expanding Access to Published Research Findings in the UK), it’s very quick adoption by RCUK with its support of “Gold Open Access” and the subsequent challenge to the Report by the BIS Committee report on Open Access and its support for the “Green” Open Access option.

With this focus on open access, publishers are offering various publishing models to authors which is causing some confusion, so it is timely the we reiterate the definitions of “Green” and “Gold” open access. It should be noted that even in this space there are a number of definitions as what constitutes green and gold however,\ I have tried to state the ones that we think are the clearest remembering that you can always contact your Faculty Librarian or the Sydney eScholarship Repository for further clarification or advice.

The definitions:

  • Gold open access: refers to work that is immediately available free of charge at the site of publication to any member of the public. Post-Finch it is commonly taken to mean that such access is supported by author-side article processing charges (APCs) …” (Vincent & Wickham, 2013, p. 121). In general terms the “Article Processing/Publishing Charge” means an author, upon the acceptance of a piece of work, is required to pay a fee for publication. “Pure Gold” open access journals are not subscription based and only charge an APC as a means of recouping costs (Business, Innovation and Skills Committee Open Access. Fifth Report of Session 2013-14, 2013, p. 3)
  •  “Green open access: refers to work that is made publicly available in a repository, institutional or subject-based, after an embargo period. Variants of Green open access depend on whether what is made available after the embargo period is the author’s final submitted text (or ‘pre-print’) or the article in its post-refereed form (or ‘post-print’).” (Vincent & Wickham, 2013, p. 121)

Where things get slightly more “grey” is where a publisher who has not charged an APC will, for a fee, allow open access for the published work on top of the subscription that the Library has already paid. Vincent and Wickham, 2013 refer to this as a “Hybrid” model. Usually under this scenario the publisher will allow “Green Open Access” after an embargo period however for immediate open access an author can pay to have the work made available on open access most commonly on the publisher’s site. The Business, Innovation and Skills Committee report refers to this as “Double Dipping” as the Library has already paid for the full subscription

Further complicating this is the fact that paying to have work made available on open access does not always mean you have full rights to your work, only that the work is openly accessible on the publishers site. This is important to note especially as authors may wish to increase the impact of their work through media such as institutional or subject based repositories.

There are numerous issues with both green and especially gold open access options and also the whole notion of what open access means to different disciplines within academic community. While there is not enough space in this post to cover it all we will be inviting a number of academics and researchers across the University to provide their views and issues. Many are already contributing to the debate see:

If you have anything that you would like to contribute please contact me, Sten Christensen. We hope that you will join the discussion and debate the issues.


  1. Working Group on Expanding Access to Published Research Findings. “Accessibility, Sustainability, Excellence: How to Expand Access to Research Publications. Report of the Working Group on Expanding Access to Published Research Findings “, 2012. []
  2. Business, Innovation and Skills Committee Open Access. Fifth Report of Session 2013-14, House of Commons (2013). []
  3. Vincent, N., & Wickham, C. (Eds.). (2013). Debating Open Access. London: British Academy, The.

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People with disability welcome a new life in retirement

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Published on: 7 November 2013
“People with long-term and lifelong disabilities are living longer,” says Professor Roger Stancliffe from the University’s Centre for Disability Research and Policy. “With longer lives comes the need to provide the social support people with disabilities require to have an active, socially connected life in retirement,” he said. Transition to Retirement: A Guide to Inclusive […]

Sense and Sensibilities – a history of the neurosciences

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Published on: 1 November 2013

Neurosciences156Exhibition dates
18 June to 17 December 2013

The brain must surely be the most fascinating of all human organs. The early anatomists first explored its secrets; the physiologists began to investigate its pathways; the clinicians made clinic-pathological connections but we still have much to learn. This display includes many of the original works of the 14th to 19th centuries, which laid the foundations of our current knowledge of the neurosciences.

The exhibition is presented by the University Library’s Rare Books and Special Collections and International Society for the History of the Neurosciences.

Where: Exhibition Space, Level 2, Fisher Library
Cost: FREE and open to the public
Times: Opening times vary please check the website

Further information
T 9036 6465

Image: Descartes, René, 1596-1650
De homine fi guris, et Latinitate donates a Florentio Schuyl
Lugduni Batavorum, ex offi cinal Hackiana, 1664. D3 Moore Collection.

See information on our other current exhibitions:


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