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WVU to host International Open Access Week Oct. 24-30

West Virginia University is set to host the eighth annual International Open Access Week, Oct. 24-30.

Open access is the free and immediate access to research. It includes free online access to digital full-text material, which is primarily peer-reviewed journal articles.

Coinciding with the current social justice movements happening across the United States and abroad, open access also supports WVU’s land-grant mission in increasing educational access. 

Cheryl Ball

“Open Access Week is a celebration that serves to remind academic stakeholders that the research we do has a public readership interested in and invested in our work,” said Cheryl Ball, WVU English professor and director of the Digital Publishing Institute.

This year’s International Open Access Week theme is Open in Action. It highlights the researchers, librarians and students committed to working in the open and how that decision has benefitted them.

The Digital Publishing Institute in the WVU Libraries has scheduled a series of events to help the academic and research community better understand the benefits of open access.

Archives Month Wikipedia Edit-a-thon
Monday, Oct. 24
1 p.m. 
Downtown Campus Library, West Virginia and Regional History Center
October is American Archives Month, and archives in the state of West Virginia are collaborating to highlight the state’s rich history. The Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon will highlight the work archivists do to preserve that history.

What research is free besides Wikipedia? 
Tuesday, Oct. 25 
1 p.m. 
Downtown Campus Library, Room 2036

This undergraduate workshop focuses on finding and using open access research. Most research published is hidden behind library subscriptions and other paywalls, limiting access for students after graduation. This workshop will help students find open access resources for use in future research.

How can I make my research public? 
Wednesday, Oct. 26 
3 p.m. 
Evansdale Library
This faculty and graduate student workshop focuses on what it means to access or publish research in open-access venues, including peer-reviewed journals and repositories. It will dispel myths of open access, including what scholars can personally do to help promote their own careers through open access publishing. 

Scholars’ rights in publishing 
Thursday, Oct. 27 
11:30 a.m. 
Downtown Campus Library, Room 2036
This brown bag lunch for faculty will discuss what rights scholars have when publishing their research, how to publish in open access formats and what WVU resources are available. 

Using Wikipedia in your syllabi 
Friday, Oct. 28 
3 p.m. 
Evansdale Crossing, Media Innovation Center
This discussion about the growing movement toward Wikipedia’s use in higher education features Kelly Doyle, WVU’s Wikipedian in Residence for Gender Equity. Doyle will discuss current initiatives in universities across the United States and strategies she has implemented at WVU.

Open access author celebration
Friday, Oct. 28 
4 p.m. 
Evansdale Crossing, Panini Pete’s
This reception will celebrate all of the WVU’s open access authors and their research. 

View the complete schedule of events at 

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