Open Access Week 22–28 October 2018
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Open Access Research Week

Open Access Week is an opportunity to celebrate the sharing of research. The theme for International Open Access Week 2018 is 'Designing equitable foundations for open knowledge'.

We'd like researchers at all levels to think about the global nature of open research:

  • How can open access make your research more sustainable?
  • Can open systems reinforce equality?
  • What areas may be appropriate or inappropriate for open access research?

We have a range of events happening throughout the week, and would love for all researchers and staff to get involved. Find out more about the events taking place below.

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Today's events

Share your thoughts by tweeting us @OpenResPlym and using the official Open Access Week hashtag: #OAWeek.

Each day we'll be tweeting about different Open Access themes.

  • Monday: Global Open Access – Exploring the benefits of opening our research to the world.
  • Tuesday: New Research We'll be sharing some of our popular research outputs and newly released papers.
  • Wednesday: Research Data Look out for handy hints and tips about managing research data, with a view to making data open.
  • Thursday: Thesis Thursday We'll be joining in the #ThesisThursday campaign and sharing items from our most downloaded collections.
  • Friday: New Developments in Open Access Some of the exciting developments emerging from open scholarship.

Deputy Vice Chancellor Jerry Roberts shares his views on the importance of making research open.


Come and play The Publishing Trap

Thinking about publishing your research in journals? Come and play The Publishing Trap to help you with key considerations you need to make in the publishing journey.

The Publishing Trap is a board game from the UK Copyright Literacy team that allows participants to explore the impact of scholarly communications choices, and discuss the role of open access in research by following the lives of four researchers – from doctoral research to their academic legacies.

It's aimed at early career researchers and academics, as well as anyone who has a vested interested in understanding how access to information works and how the whole scholarly communication system in higher education operates. Although it is not intended to promote any particular ideological position, it should be valuable to staff who are advocating for a greater acceptance of open access publishing models, and trying to encourage academic staff to make informed choices when they sign publishing contracts and submit their work to the institutional repository. 

During Open Access Week, staff from the library will be taking the game on tour across the University as follows:

  • Monday 22 September, 10:00–11:30, Portland Square C2.
  • Wednesday 24 September, 16:30–18:00, Portland Square C4.
  • Thursday 25 September, 12:30–14:00, Charles Seale-Hayne Library, room 008.

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