Join us for Open Access Week: 22-26 October

October 15th, 2018

Message from Caroline Williams, Director of Libraries:

Once a year we get the chance to celebrate the ethos behind open access by marking International Open Access Week. This year there’s a wide range of short and informative events aimed at our university’s researchers to support open access endeavours as we get closer to REF2021.

These events aim to capture the spirit of this year’s theme: ‘Designing Equitable Foundations for Open Knowledge’, which highlights the need to include all disciplines, people and knowledge when talking about open access in this dynamic environment.

Highlights of the week — taking place Monday 22 October-Friday 26 October 2018 — include:

  • Vice-Chancellor Professor Shearer West will be opening the first session of the week, OA innovations. This is a two-part event showcasing some of the exciting developments in the world of open scholarly publishing. Please do book to attend (1:30-3:30pm, Monday 22 October at the Hemsley, refreshments provided).
  • OA Innovations includes invited speakers from within and outside of the University who will explore recent OA publishing innovations including OA monographs, open data publishing, Book Sprints and open media, such as the open journalism platform, The Conversation.
  • Open access pop-ups: the library research support team will be popping up across campus to answer your OA and REF queries.  There is no need to book onto these pop-up sessions – just come and speak to us on the day.
  • ORCID competition: Submit your name and ORCID iD to to enter the prize draw for the chance to win a £25 voucher.
  • Open Access: how to access millions of free research articles event: Learn the basics of accessing free open access resources outside of university life in this interactive session.
  • OA training: for those of you new to open access or who would like a refresher, this training session will provide a full overview of what, why and how you can publish OA.
  • OA film screening: There will be two showings of the award-winning documentary ‘The Internet’s own boy’, an openly available film following the life of Aaron Schwartz, computer programmer and internet activist.

To find out more see our Open Access Week webpages, or book your place at one of our events via the Eventbrite page.

There is no need to book for the pop-up events.

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