Open Access Week 2018

Open Access Week 2018
“Designing Equitable Foundations for Open Knowledge”

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.

Open Access (OA) has the potential to maximize research investments, increase the exposure and use of published research, facilitate the ability to conduct research across available literature, and enhance the overall advancement of scholarship. We participate in Open Access Week as part of the global community working to take take action to keep this momentum moving forward.

So what’s happening?

Evaluating Journal Quality for Authors
Presenter: Carolyn Mills, UConn Library
Wednesday, October 24
1:30-3:30pm, Babbidge Library Collaborative Learning Classroom (Level 2)

Wondering how to find a quality journal in which to publish? This workshop will give you the tools to recognize what makes a journal a credible, quality place to publish and what tells you to stay away. Includes both Open Access and traditional journals.

Open Science for Open Knowledge: A Roundtable
Thursday, October 25
4:00-5:00pm, Babbidge Library Visualization Studio (Level 1)

Open science is paramount to further innovation, discovery, and equitable access. But what is open science? According to B. Fecher and S. Friesike, open science, “is one of the buzzwords of the scientific community.” Nevertheless, it can imply many things like open access to research, citizen science, open software and infrastructure to support
research sharing and collaboration.

Open Science Discussion Panel Members:
Todd Campbell, Ph.D., Professor, Neag School of Education, UConn
Justin Cotney, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Genetics and Genome Sciences, UConn Health
Svetlana Gelpí-Domínguez, Ph.D. ‘20, Gascón Group, Department of Chemistry, UConn
Bryan Weber, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in Residence, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, UConn

Paywall: The Business of Scholarship Film Viewing
Wednesday, October 31
12:00-4:00pm continuous viewing
Babbidge Library Visualization Studio (Level 1)
UConn Health Sciences Library

Paywall: The Business of Scholarship is a documentary which focuses on the need for open access to research and science, questions the rationale behind the $25.2 billion a year that flows into for-profit academic publishers, examines the 35-40% profit margin associated with the top academic publisher Elsevier and looks at how that profit margin is often greater than some of the most profitable tech companies like Apple, Facebook and Google.

Homer Babbidge Library Plaza

  • A look at the UConn faculty numbers – who is motivated to publish in Open Access Journals?
  • Why Deposit your data in Open Commons?
  • Open Commons @ UConn – where in the Country are people downloading our resources?
  • What is Gold OA vs. Green OA?

Student Activism
We are also pleased to support UConnPIRG’s work to spread the word about the value of Open Access for students. They will be tabling in Homer Babbidge on Wednesday from 1-3 with flyers, buttons, and other materials. Stop by and support UConnPIRG!