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Open Access at Washington University

Information about open access publishing options and issues

Open Education Week, March 7-11, 2016

Open Education Week, March 7-11, 2016 | Everywhere

Exhibit in Olin Library lobby focuses on open textbooks for higher education

  • Event: Beyond Textbooks, free webcast, March 9, 12:30-1 pm (Central) from Campus Alberta Open Educational Resources Initiative. "This webinar will share lessons learned from the initiative to empower others to move forward with their own OER adoption projects, not limited to textbooks but OERs as a whole. "
  • Event: Engaging Students in Open Access, free live stream, March 10, 3:30-5 (Central). Panel discussion highlighting open courses, projects and initiatives from Univ. of British Columbia and beyond
  • and many more
  • #openeducationweek
  • Open-sourcing slashes textbook costs, by Michael Melia. St. Louis Post Dispatch, Feb. 12, 2016, p. A18

Open Access Week October 19 - 25, 2015

Open Access Week October 19 - 25, 2015 | Everywhere

No group events at WU this year but many online events to choose from. Here are a few:

  • The International Open Access Week Edit-a-thon will take place Monday through Friday, October 19th through 23rd.
  • Celebrate Open Access Week all 52 weeks of the year [link is to archive of presentation from Monday, October 19, from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Central time] The work done to highlight open access on campus during OA Week is a significant opportunity to increase engagement. How can you harness the energy from OA Week throughout the rest of the year?  Join us for some tips and tricks to integrate open access into the internal life of the library, and the external life of campus, year-round.  Learn ways to incorporate open access concepts in to various library departments and how to tie in open access to other campus events throughout the year. Speaker: Amy Buckland, Institutional Repository Manager, University of Chicago.
  • Faculty Perspectives on Publishing Open Access. Tuesday, October 20th: Register: Reports find that perceptions of open access publishing are changing for the better and that more and more faculty members are seeking out OA publications for maximum access and impact. However, other researchers continue to avoid it, and those who are early in their careers still aren’t sure how to fit it in their publishing priorities. In honor of Open Access Week, this one-hour webinar will feature three faculty members who will discuss why researchers do – or do not – publish in open access outlets and how they look to librarians for support in this process. Presenters:
    - Alan Daly, Chair and Professor of the Department of Education Studies at the University of California, San Diego, will discuss how open access publishing is the best option for the individual researcher and the research community as a whole.
    - Bruce Herbert, Professor of Geology and Director of the Office of Scholarly Communications at Texas A&M University, will discuss why researchers at his institution avoid open access outlets for publishing research and why subscription-based journals remain the best option for many.
    - Shannon Audley-Piotrowski, Assistant Professor of Educational Psychology at Smith College, will discuss publishing priorities for early-career researchers.
    - David Ross, Executive Publisher of Open Access at SAGE, will moderate the panel and take Q&A from webinar attendees.
    Webinar archive will be available within 24-36 hours of the live event. You'll be able to access each recording from the home page in the "Past Event Recordings" column to watch at your leisure.
  • Readings for Open Access Week. 2015
  • Open Access Stories Sharing Individual and Collective OA Stories | MORE open access success stories
  • New video this year:

Please send suggestions to Ruth Lewis

2014 OA-related events

Events in 2014 at WU!

Wed. Sept.3 at 3 pm in Ginkgo Room, Olin Library, Level 1: Eric Kansa will speak about his research in open and linked data as part of the Fall Data Speaker series. The talk is free and open to the public.  More information & preregistration.  Reception will follow the talk.

Tues. Sept. 9 2:30-4 in Wohl Auditorium (lower level, Wohl Hospital Building) at medical campus: Avoiding Common Ethical Pitfalls in Research, Speakers: James Dubois and Jeffrey Beall. Sponsored by Clinical Research Training Center. Event is open to the WU community. Jeffrey Beall compiled Beall’s List: Potential, possible, or probable predatory scholarly open-access publishers.

Tues. Sept. 23 2-3 pm in Olin Library Level A, Arc Lab: Open Studio Wordpress More info & preregistration

Fridays, Sept. 19-Oct. 17, Olin Library Level A, Arc Presentation Room at noon and 1 pm : Access Granted Open Studios Demonstration and open editing session for creators of open access videos.

During October: a diverse selection of open access ebooks will be displayed on the digital sign in the Olin Library lobby. Titles and links.

October 6-28: see the open access display in the north exhibit case, Olin Library lobby

International Open Access Week, Oct. 20-26, 2014 "Generation Open" is theme for 2014 events.

OA Week 2013

Open Access Film Festival, Monday-Friday, Oct. 21-25, noon-1, Ginkgo Room, Olin Library Level 1

Access Granted Video Shorts 2013 Contest Open to WUSTL students. Two winners' submissions will be placed in Open Scholarship.

Monday, October 21 - 2-3:30 - Arc Presentation Room, Level A, Olin Library.  OA week kickoff event webinar Open Access: Redefining Impact. Panelists will discuss article-level metrics and changing the ways scholarly communication is measured.  Webcast archive now available!

Tuesday, October 22 - 4-5 - Liberman Graduate Center, DUC. Electronic Theses & Dissertations (ETDs) and OA: More info; about open access/embargo options and how graduate students can implement their choices in Proquest (for doctoral degrees) and in Open Scholarship (both masters and doctoral degrees). 

Wednesday, October 23 - 10-11 am - Arc Presentation Room, Level A, Olin Library. Open Access and Engineering webcast sponsored by Sage Publications and Royal Society Publishing.

Thursday, October 24 - 2-3 pm - Arc Lab, Level A, Olin Library.  Tools for Facilitating Open Sharing of Data. Workshop with Cynthia Hudson, Digital Data Outreach Librarian. Canceled.

OA Week 2012

Don't Sign Your Rights Away: How to Publish Articles and Retain Your Rights for Teaching, Scholarship, and Professional Activities | presentation by Lori Siegel, Social Work Librarian | Slides (Powerpoint) | Handout (Word)

OA Week kickoff panel, Perspectives on Open Access: Practice, Progress and Pitfalls webcast archive (about 90 minutes). Speakers were
• Michael Carroll, Professor of Law, American University and founding Board Member, Creative Commons
• Matt Cooper, President, The National Association of Graduate-Professional Students
• Maricel Kann, Assistant Professor, University of Maryland and member, PubMed Central National Advisory Committee, NIH
• Carlos Rossel, Publisher, The World Bank
• Neil Thakur, Special Assistant to the Deputy Director, Extramural Research, National Institutes of Health (NIH)

How to Make Your Research Open Access (Whether You're at Harvard or Not) webcast archive (about 1 hour). Speakers: Peter Suber and Stuart Shieber. Webcast Handout | Good practices for university open-access policies (mentioned by Suber)

Electronic Theses & Dissertations and Open Access, presentation by Andrew Rouner, Director of Digital Library Services, and Brian Vetruba, Librarian for Germanic Languages & Literatures, Comparative Literature, European Studies | Slides for Vetruba's presentation | Related links: Open Scholarship Electronic Theses & Dissertations and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences Policies and Guides | Putting Dissertation Online Isn't an Obstacle to Print Publication, Surveys Find (Chronicle of Higher Education, 12/12/12)

NIH Public Access Policy Overview, presentation by Cathy Sarli, Scholarly Communications Specialist at Becker Medical Library. More information about NIH Public Access Policy. Handouts: Flowchart for Compliance | Submission Methods Chart

NEW How Open Is It?

How Open Is It?

OA Week 2011

Two forums to discuss the new open access resolution were held on the medical campus and the Danforth Campus.  Speakers at the medical campus event were Susan Dutcher, Patty Hart, Paul Schoening.  Speakers at the Danforth campus event were Edward Macias, Shirley Baker and Patty Hart.