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.
“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
What research is free besides Wikipedia?
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?
Scholars’ rights in publishing
Using Wikipedia in your syllabi
Open access author celebration
View the complete schedule of events at dpi.lib.wvu.edu/openaccess.