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Celebrate Open Access Week with the Library

This October, the A.T. Still Memorial Library celebrated International Open Access (OA) Week. OA Week was celebrated from Oct. 24 through Oct. 28, 2022. OA Week is an opportunity for us to celebrate, promote, and learn more about open access publishing. 

Open Access publishing, typically defined as the unrestricted access to and reuse of research articles, is more than just a publishing trend. OA is a movement advocating for greater research accessibility, transparency, and reproducibility. OA publishing results in increased research exposure for authors, an accelerated pace of research discovery, greater public interaction with research, greater taxpayer support, and more. In the health sciences, OA publishing can help shorten the gap between medical research and clinical practice, leading to improved health outcomes for all. 

This year’s Open Access Week theme is Open for Climate Justice. This year’s theme seeks to encourage connection and collaboration among the climate movement and the international open community. Sharing knowledge is a human right, and tackling the climate crisis requires the rapid exchange of knowledge across geographic, economic, and disciplinary boundaries.

To learn more about OA publishing, this year’s OA Week theme and events, and how to publish your own work OA, check out our newly-released Open Access Library Guide.

In celebration of Open Access Week, the A.T. Still Memorial Library held a workshop on How to Publish Open Access and Avoid Predatory Publishers, where we discussed how you can publish your work in high-quality open access journals and self-archive your work in open access repositories. We also discussed how to identify predatory publishers and ensure your work is published in legitimate venues.

If you didn’t have a chance to join the workshop, you can view a recording on the Open Access Guide.

If you have questions about open access or would like help making your work OA, reach out to your liaison librarian.


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