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Open Access Week: 22 - 28 October 2018

UTS supports Open Access! 

The theme for the 2018 International Open Access Week is “designing equitable foundations for open knowledge". 

The free, immediate, online access to the results of taxpayer-funded scholarly research, and the right to use and re-use those results as you need – has the power to transform the way research and scholarly inquiry are conducted. It has direct and widespread implications for academia, medicine, science, industry, and for society as a whole. Open Access (OA) increases the exposure and use of published research, facilitates the ability to conduct research across available literature, and enhances the overall advancement of scholarship. Research funding agencies, academic institutions, researchers and scientists, teachers, students, and members of the general public are supporting a move towards OA and this recent article published in the Guardian explains why OA is so important. 

Did you know UTS has it's own Open Access publisher called ePRESS? UTS ePRESS publishes high quality scholarly works across a wide range of academic disciplines. 

UTS ePRESS is one of Australia's largest academic open access presses. UTS ePRESS is a not-for-profit publisher and since its inception in 2004, has strongly supported the free dissemination of scholarly material by making it openly available and widely accessible to a global audience. It publishes scholarly journals, books and conference proceedings, which are peer-reviewed and growing in reputation and impact. The scholarly output produced by UTS ePRESS is searchable by Google Scholar and other important indexes, ensuring UTS scholarship is showcased to the world. UTS ePRESS continues to be a leader in OA publishing. Earlier this year UTS ePRESS announced the publication of it's latest media rich eBook, Intercultural Learning: Critical Preparation for International Student Travel, developed by social work researchers, Peter Jones, Debra Miles and Narayan Gopalkrishnan. Also published recently was Reading Country: 30 Years On by Phillip Morrisey and Chris Healy, the third volume in a series which includes an important focus on intercultural dialogue. Prior to that the Press’s first open textbook, Anatomy Quizbook, was relaunched as an interactive digital edition, an important step in positioning UTS as a leader in the provision of Open Educational Resources. Four monographs were published last year through UTS ePRESS including: The Power of ConferencesGenocide Perspectives VSpeech Acts and Connecting the Nation. The UTS Library Scholarly Communication team is responsible for the ePRESS, in addition to managing the University Repository, OPUS, University Copyright and the Australian and Torres Straight Islander Data Archive (ATSIDA).

Want to know more about Open Access?
Watch the documentary film 
Paywall: The Business of Scholarship (available online)

Synopsis: Did you know that some academic publishers achieve higher profit margins than Walmart, Apple or Google? Large for-profit publishers effectively control who can access research, usually limiting it to those willing or able to pay the subscription fees. "Information hidden behind a paywall is seen as a disadvantage for everyone, Open Access allows more information to be added to the intellectual record, and people can continue to research because access is available and there are increased opportunities for collaboration." Associate Professor Michelle L. Young, Clarkson University. Paywall the documentary highlights how Open Access benefits everyone by increasing the visibility and impact of research.