Open Access Week

Open Access Week is a yearly international celebration that aims to increase awareness about open access (OA). Most academic work is locked up behind a paywall, available only to those who are affiliated with a college or university. OA scholarship is completely free to read and reuse. Learn more about the importance of openly available scholarship at one of our OA Week events:

Tuesday, October 20 @ 3:00 pm: “Predatory” Publishing: Addressing Bias and Avoiding Pitfalls

“Predatory” publishing, especially in the health sciences, is an ongoing concern and it is essential for researchers to be able to recognize deceptive publishing practices. It is important, though, not to oversimplify what constitutes predatory practices. While using tools like “blocked” or “approved” lists helps researchers avoid predatory publishers, these lists can reinforce power dynamics that exclude marginalized, non-western viewpoints. Come to this session to learn how to balance publishing in high quality open access journals while staying aware of the biases in scholarly publishing.

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Wednesday, October 21 @ 12:00 pm: Getting Started with Open Science in the COVID-19 Era

Open science has played an important role in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The urgency of the situation has shown us how crucial access to scientific knowledge is, both now and in the future. In this workshop, we’ll discuss 5 simple ways researchers can get started with integrating open science practices into their own work. These include: pre-registering your research, posting a preprint, sharing your data or code, collaborating with your team using an open source platform, and publishing in an open access journal.

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Thursday, October 22 @ 1:00 pm: Make Your Courses Affordable with Open Textbooks and Open Educational Resources (OERs)

As much of higher education has shifted to online or hybrid learning, students are learning from home or spaces beyond traditional classrooms. They or their families might also be struggling financially as a result of COVID-19. This is the time for educators to consider exploring and adopting digital open textbooks and other no-cost course materials that are more easily accessible and affordable to remote learners. Learn how to discover and integrate these resources into your courses and curriculum. Participants will be able to define OERs, learn how to find textbooks and other materials, and understand the many ways that Temple Libraries support faculty in their use of open educational materials.

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