Open Access Week, 21st – 27th October 2019

Celebrating, discussing, and promoting open access publishing needs to be done throughout the year but it is helpful to have a designated “Open Access Week” and use this as an opportunity to channel our thoughts and to put an extra spring in our steps.

As the blurb on the official website states:

“Open Access Week, a global event now entering its tenth year, is an opportunity for the academic and research community to continue to learn about the potential benefits of Open Access, to share what they’ve learned with colleagues, and to help inspire wider participation in helping to make Open Access a new norm in scholarship and research.”

What can be missing in our day-to-day work with open access is a focus on the benefits – trying to learn more about what these actually are for real people and researchers, and helping to spread the word. Much of what we do does have a tendency to revolve a little too much around compliance and requirements.

Engagement with DRO on Social Media: Examples of academics and members of the public discovering and sharing our #openaccess content.
Engagement with DRO on Social Media: Examples of academics and members of the public discovering and sharing our #openaccess content.

So, we hope that you will join us and spend a moment, or more, considering what it means to publish open access, how to do it, why to do it, and how we can continue to help you through the process.

There will be a number of events held throughout Open Access Week at Durham University including:


Monday 21st October 11.00-12.00 School of Government and International Affairs, McEwan Lounge, Al Qasimi Building
14.00-16.00 Arts & Humanities Drop-in at Elvet Riverside 2 (Room 246)
Tuesday 22nd October 14.00-15.30 Maths Department Drop-in (room CM301)
Wednesday 23rd October 10.00-11.30 Session: Managing and Sharing your Research Data, Shincliffe Room, Bill Bryson Library
(CHANGED) 11.30-12:30 Anthropology Department Drop-in (Common Room, Dawson Building)
12.00-13.00 Session: Twitter and #OA for non-tweeting researchers, Shincliffe Room, Bill Bryson Library
14.00-16.00 Psychology Department Drop-in (room L57)
Thursday 24th October 11.00-12.00 School of Education Drop-in (Senior Common Room)
14.00-15.30 ‘Open Durham – bringing our research to life for everyone’, (with Dr Dorothy Cowie (Psychology), Dr Nadia Siddiqui (Education) and Dr Beng Huat See (Education), Bill Bryson Library (Level 4), Elvet Room
Friday 25th October 10.00-11.00 Department of Sport and Exercise Drop-in (Room 101): Open Access & ORCID
12.00-13.00 Department of Engineering (Room E240): Session: Scopus Author Profiles Its public, you can’t hide it, it may not be accurate, and it is used for recruitment & collaboration opportunities.

Just pop by to ask any of the drop-ins to ask questions that you have about publishing open access, depositing in Durham Research Online (DRO), REF and funder open access requirements, funding for gold open access or just for a general chat about any open access-related comments or concerns.

Also, look out for posts on the Durham University Library & Collections blog and on Twitter @DRODurham.

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