Monday, October 25, 2021 Eric Robinson

Open Access Week

This week is the 14th annual International Open Access Week, an annual event sponsored by the Scholarly Publishing and Research Coalition (SPARC). During Open Access Week university librarians and information professionals highlight open access (OA) to research and promote knowledge and understanding of OA through events and activities. The theme for this year’s Open Access Week is “Building Structural Equity” and aims to focus attention on building an open knowledge infrastructure that works for everyone.

Our library has three separate webinars planned for the week on a range of topics. Webinars range from the basics of OA to how the library can you help you launch a new OA journal and are suitable for students and faculty alike. See our calendar below for more information and links to events.

Of course, the USA Library is not celebrating OA week alone. You can check out more webinar events, activities, videos, and blogposts provided by other institutions at the 2021 International OA Week website.



USA Library OA Week Calendar

Understanding Open Access

Kick off OA week with scholarly communications librarian Eric Robinson as he presents a broad overview of open access. This webinar will cover basics of open access, contrast it to traditional models of publication, and discuss its centrality in the current landscape of scholarship and publication. This webinar is suitable for students and faculty alike.

Tuesday, October 26, 2:00 pm PT / 4:00 pm CT / 5:00 pm ET:


Equity in OA Publishing

Librarians Eric Robinson and Matthew Chase present an evaluation of the current state of equity in the world of OA publishing and how authors, editors, and publishers can promote greater equity.

Wednesday, October 27, 2:00 pm PT / 4:00 pm CT / 5:00 pm ET


Launching an Open Access Journal

Whether you want to fill a research topic niche or provide a venue for new voices in scholarly publication, the USA library can help you get started and provide a platform for peer-reviewed open access journal publication through SOAR@USA. Scholarly communications librarian Eric Robinson will provide an overview of library digital publishing services and our peer-review management platform.

Thursday, October 28, 2:00 pm PT / 4:00 pm CT / 5:00 pm ET


You can learn more about OA by visiting our Open Access Subject Guide. This guide takes a closer look at the place of OA in modern scholarship, examines OA myths, and offers resources for finding OA content.

You can also view the numerous OA research documents archived by tthe USA library in the SOAR@USA Open Access Repository, which includes student research, faculty research, and our locally published open access journals./ 


Post contributed by Eric Robinson, Scholarly Communications Librarian