[ASA] Fwd: [ASA-council] Fwd: FYI: ARC communique - Adjustments to the ARC’s position on preprints [SEC=OFFICIAL]

John Lattanzio john.lattanzio at monash.edu
Tue Sep 14 17:28:47 AEST 2021

Greetings all
    following extensive discussions, the ASA has changed its policy on

     This is not, however, retrospective and at the moment we have no
information about how the current round of DP, CoE etc will be affected.

     We will share more information as we receive. it.



*From:* ARC - Communications <ARCCommunications at arc.gov.au>
*Sent:* Tuesday, 14 September 2021 12:17:56 PM (UTC+10:00) Canberra,
Melbourne, Sydney
*Subject:* ARC communique - Adjustments to the ARC’s position on preprints


Dear all

The ARC has issued a communique
regarding an adjustment to ARC’s policy position on inclusion of preprints
for future National Competitive Grants Program (NCGP) applications.

*Adjustments to the ARC’s position on preprints*

For future scheme rounds, the ARC will allow the referencing and inclusion
of preprints in any part of a National Competitive Grant Program (NCGP)
grant application. This includes within the Research Outputs list as well
as the body of an application.

This adjustment to ARC’s policy position reflects contemporary trends and
the emerging significance of preprint acceptance and use across multiple
research disciplines as a mechanism to expedite research and facilitate
open research, as well as to provide greater equity across disciplines and
career stages.

The following definition of a preprint, resulting from the recent sector
consultation and developed in conjunction with a cohort of ARC Australian
Laureate Fellows, will now be included in relevant NCGP documentation.

*“A preprint or comparable resource is a scholarly output that is uploaded
by the authors to a recognised publicly accessible archive, repository, or
preprint service (such as, but not limited to, arXiv, bioRxiv, medRxiv,
ChemRxiv, Peer J Preprints, Zenodo, GitHub, PsyArXiv and** publicly
available university or government repositories** etc.). This will include
a range of materials that have been subjected to varying degrees of peer
review from none to light and full review. Ideally, a preprint or
comparable resource should have a unique identifier or a DOI (digital
object identifier). Any citation of a preprint or comparable resource
should be explicitly identified as such and listed in the references with a
DOI, URL or equivalent, version number and/or date of access, as

The inclusion of preprints will no longer be considered an eligibility
issue and applications will not be excluded by their use. Instead, the ARC
will rely on the knowledge of its assessors in determining the value,
suitability and relevance of citations and research outputs for the
disciplinary field. Preprints and other comparable resources will form part
of a holistic assessment of research outputs undertaken by peer reviewers
to consider the quality and novelty of proposed research.

The ARC appreciates the feedback it has received from the research sector
on the issue of the inclusion of preprints within NCGP grant applications.
We thank the esteemed academics, learned academies, research institutions
and peak bodies that have assisted the ARC to ensure that the broadest
range of disciplinary perspectives could be incorporated into this policy

The ARC will provide additional information within all new Instructions to
Applicants and documentation to assist researchers in the inclusion of
preprints within their RMS profile and application forms. Documentation for
scheme rounds that are currently open for applications—Industrial
Transformation Training Centres, Industrial Transformation Research Hubs
and Linkage Projects—will be updated shortly.

The change to preprint requirements cannot be applied to scheme rounds
where application periods have closed. While we acknowledge the widespread
feedback that we have recently received, we must allow our standard
application and appeals processes to be completed for these cases. We can
assure the sector that the appeals process is overseen by a group of
experienced and respected individuals independent of the ARC and will be
progressed as a matter of priority.

Kind regards

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