The University of Texas Libraries is celebrating International Open Access Week with three events for the Austin community. The theme of Open Access Week this year is “Open Access: Generation Open”, and the goal of the events is to raise awareness and foster discussion around issues related to open access. All events are free and open to the public, with pizza and drinks available while they last.
- 12-1 p.m., Friday, October 17
Perry-Castañeda Library, PCL 2.500
Erin McKiernan on Open Access and the Early-Career Researcher
- 12:00-1:30pm, Tuesday, October 21st
UT Administration Bldg., Room 1.118
Forum on Open Access
- 12-1:30pm, Thursday, October 23rd
Perry-Castañeda Library, 1.124
Open access (OA) is the immediate, online, free availability of research outputs. Journal articles, books, theses, data and more can all be made open access. Open access is important because it speeds the dissemination of research results, it increases the impact and reach of research, it levels the playing field by allowing anyone to have access to content — not just subscribers, and research that is funded by public dollars should be freely available to the public. Open access benefits individual authors by increasing the number of times their work is downloaded, by increasing the number of citations to their work by providing new opportunities for collaboration — especially interdisciplinary collaborations, and by decreasing the amount of time authors have to spend responding to requests for access to content hidden behind subscriber paywalls.
Authors at UT Austin can make their research OA by depositing a copy of their work in a repository like the UT Digital Repository (UTDR) or by publishing with an open access publisher. Authors can submit to UTDR by sending a copy of their work to firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject specific repositories like arXiv usually allow authors to submit their work though the site. Two of the biggest open access publishers are PLOS and BioMed Central, but almost all major publishers have at least one OA journal and some publishers are moving towards publishing books open access as well. You can find a list of OA journals here: http://doaj.org, and a list of OA publishers here: http://oaspa.org.