Published: Oct. 10, 2018

Open Access Week 2018 logo with info repeatedThe 11th annual International Open Access Week is coming October 22 – 28. The University Libraries has put together an exciting series of events under this year's theme of "Designing Equitable Foundations for Open Knowledge."   The workshops and events emphasize the importance of asking touch questions, staying critical, and actively engaging in an ongoing conversation to learn from diverse perspectives about how to make scholarship more equitable and inclusive as it becomes more open.

There’s no need to register – and free snacks and refreshments will be provided at every event! We hope you can join us for one or more of these events that will explore interesting trends and practical implications of open scholarship. Whether you are new to this concept or well-seasoned, these events will help you to learn more and meet others that are a part of this exciting community.  We look forward to seeing you there!

What is open access? 

Open access (OA) is a way of publishing your research online that enables it to be freely accessible to the public and has limited copyright restrictions. While the OA model of publishing is an exciting and dynamic area of inquiry and practice, it is also an established and respected mode of scholarship that has been around for nearly 30 years and includes peer review by discipline experts. Open access has many benefits for students and researchers, as well as the public. It increases the ability of anyone to find, use, and distribute knowledge, alleviates some cost burdens, and enables innovation and cross-collaboration. Publishing open access has also been shown to increase citations for journal articles. You can find out more about how the Libraries support open access, and how being “open” can benefit you, here: