May 18, 2022

Australian Research Council Reverses Plan to Ban Preprint Material From Funding Applications

From The Guardian:

The Australian Research Council has reversed its decision to ban preprint material from being cited in funding applications, after widespread criticism from the academic community.

The ban, introduced by the federal government agency in the 2021 funding round of the Discovery Early Career Researcher Awards and Future Fellowships, was opposed by hundreds of Australian researchers, including the presidents of peak scientific bodies representing researchers in mathematics and the physical sciences.

The reversal comes after Guardian Australia reported last month on the concerns of researchers whose grant applications had been disqualified as a result of the rule. Several described it as a “devastating” event that jeopardised their research careers in Australia.

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