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Open Access Week 2017

Open Access Week 2017 logo with open lock

International Open Access Week 2017
23 - 29 October

Open Access (OA) aims to provide the world with free, unrestricted access to research materials. By making research freely available, the movement gives everyone equal access to current, high-quality knowledge and provides researchers with the opportunity to increase the visibility and impact of their work.

Open Access Week is a global event to raise awareness and make OA the new norm in scholarship and research. This year's theme is 'Open in order to...', which asks us to imagine what achievements can be reached by making research openly available.

Open in order to find new collaborators. Open in order to raise the visibility of my research. Open in order to enable global participation in research. Open in order to improve public health

The week will be held from 23 – 29 October. UTS Library is running a number of initiatives to promote the advantages of making research open:


Open Access Drop-In Session

Members of UTS Library's eScholarship and Information Services departments will be available at the Research Help Desk to answer your questions surrounding all things Open Access.

Does publishing in a conventional journal prohibit your work from being open access?
Do open access journals charge publishing fees?
Are open access journals of lower quality?

Get these myths and misunderstandings clarified at Wednesday's drop-in session.

Wednesday 25 October, 12pm - 2pm
Research Help Desk, Level 2
UTS Library
Book your spot

Webinar Screening - Australasian Open Access Strategy Group presents SPARC’s Heather Joseph

Australasian Open Access Strategy Group's (AOASG) monthly webinar will be lead this month by Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition's (SPARC) Executive Director Heather Joseph. Heather is a leading advocate for OA working to get the issue through US Congress via the bipartisan Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act.

Invite your colleagues and join us for the live lunchtime webinar! UTS Library eResearch Manager Scott Abbott will open the event with an introduction of Heather Joseph's work and UTS Open Access initiatives with opportunities to ask your OA questions of Heather live via the webinar.

Thursday 26 October, 11.45am - 1.00pm
Level 4 Room 4.k
UTS Library

If you are unable to attend the screening, you can register to view the webinar from your location for free via the AOASG Eventbrite invitation.

Open Access Webinar Introduction  Open Access Webinar


What does the Library do to support Open Access?

UTS Library manages UTS ePRESS, Australasia's leading publisher of scholarly, open access journals. UTS ePRESS publishes open access journals, student journals and a growing range of eBooks, monographs and conference proceedings – all openly accessible for free. For an example, see the latest (tekReader) version of Anatomy Quizbook.

UTS Library manages OPUS (Open Publications of UTS Scholars), the University's repository of UTS-authored research. UTS Library works with authors to provide free online access to as many of the works as possible, through search engines such as Google Scholar.

The UTS Open Access Policy
Implemented by UTS Library in 2013, the UTS Open Access Policy provides guidance on the requirements and practices of the University to help provide worldwide access to the research and output of staff and students.


What can I do as a student?

If you are ever asked to pay for access to academic research, download the Open Access Button browser extension. The OA Button will search the web for a free version of the article. If it can't find one, it automatically contacts the author to request they consider making their work available for free.

You can take action by joining the Right to Research Coalition as an individual, endorsing Open Access as the preferred method for scholarly communication.

Find out more about Open Access and the benefits of publishing open through our Open Access pages.

UTS is committed to creating sustained opportunities for collaborative learning and innovative research while fostering resilience in its people, processes and systems.