Open Access Oxford Week 4-8 March 2019

This is the page for Open Access Oxford Week 2019, ending the spring term with a week of events across the university, to discuss developments in research dissemination and scholarly communication, policy and practice, all in the context of open access. With speakers from around the university plus Wikimedia UK, Research England, Oxford University Press, UK Copyright Literacy and Universities UK.

We had a special event on Tuesday 5th March – ‘Open Access and Monographs: publishers, policies and practicalities’, jointly organised with the Humanities Division, to hear latest developments in this area.

Please see below for programme information and individual EVENT REPORTS. All events free and open to all current Oxford University staff and students, especially academics and researchers, research students, research administrators and librarians. Update: we also have a summary report of the week.

Monday 4 March

2-4pm: ‘The Convergence of Open: Open Access, Education, Data & Culture’. Dr Martin Poulter (Wikimedian In Residence, University of Oxford). Talk 2-3pm followed by an optional hands-on introduction to Wikipedia editing 3-4pm. The talk is about the confluence of the various open movements: open access to research outputs, open educational resources, open citations, open data and open culture. Open platforms that encourage remixing – specifically the Wikimedia family of projects – are helping us discover overlaps between education, public engagement and research impact.

With tea/coffee. Venue: Radcliffe Science Library (Training Room). Event report.

Tuesday 5 March

2.00-4.30pm: ‘Open Access and Monographs: publishers, policies, practicalities’. Chaired by Prof Daniel Wakelin (Faculty of English) and following on from the Oxford OA monographs seminar in November 2018, another chance to hear from practitioners about the latest developments in OA for academic books. Speakers will discuss open access to long-form works from their different perspectives. Presenters include Dr Caroline Warman (Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages), Dr Helen Snaith (Research England), Prof Roger Kain (Chair, UUK Open Access Monographs working group), Meredith Carroll (Manchester University Press), Andy Redman (Oxford University Press) and the University’s Open Access support team.  The aims are to provide updates on current developments, help researchers take informed decisions about publishing, and to know where to go for help. This event is aimed at Humanities Division academics, researchers & research students, but is open to all current University members.

With tea/coffee. Venue: Weston Library (Lecture Theatre). Event report.

Wednesday 6 March

4.15-6.00pm: ‘Paywall: the movie’. Film screening followed by discussion. Paywall: the business of scholarship is a 65 minute documentary made in 2018 by Prof Jason Schmitt and ‘focuses on the need for open access to research and science, questions the rationale behind the $25.2 billion a year that flows into for-profit academic publishers, examines the 35-40% profit margin associated with the top academic publisher Elsevier and looks at how that profit margin is often greater than some of the most profitable tech companies like Apple, Facebook and Google’. This event is co-organised with the Reproducible Research Oxford group. Discussion panel: Prof Tim Coulson (Zoology), Dr Verena Heise (Population Health), Dr Lisa Lodwick (All Souls), Prof Jonathan Prag (Classics), Sally Rumsey (Bodleian Libraries).

With tea/coffee and popcorn. Venue: Radcliffe Humanities Building (Lecture Theatre). Event report.

Thursday 7 March

3.30-5.00pm: ‘Learned Societies and the transition to Open Access’. With Oxford University Press, the Bodleian’s Open Access support team and panel: Prof Aditi Lahiri (Faculty of Linguistics, Philology & Phonetics; Linguistics Society of America; Philological Society), Prof Matthew Freeman (Dunn School of Pathology; Company of Biologists), Prof David Mills (Education; European Association of Social Anthropologists) and Prof Kate Watkins (Experimental Psychology; Society for Neurobiology of Language). Aims of the event are to explore the opportunities and challenges for learned societies as scholarly dissemination moves increasingly towards open access publishing. We will outline Plan S and developments in the wider OA landscape, address the implications for learned society journals, and offer information and guidance on points to consider and options available. Academics and researchers on journal editorial boards and from learned societies are especially encouraged to join a lively discussion on the way forward.

With tea/coffee. Venue: Taylor Institution (Room 2). Event report.

Friday 8 March

2.00-3.30pm: Play the ‘Publishing Trap’ board game. With Jane Secker and Chris Morrison (UK Copyright Literacy), creators of this board game for doctoral students, early career researchers and academics to learn about author copyright. It allows participants to explore the impact of scholarly communications choices and discuss the role of open access in research by following the careers of four imaginary researchers – from doctoral research to their academic legacies. Help them make informed choices along the way, when they sign publishing contracts and submit their work to the institutional repository. Find out how author decisions about copyright, open or closed publishing, and money, can affect the options for research dissemination and impact.

With tea/coffee. Venue: Radcliffe Science Library (Group Study Room). Event report.

Further information

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Publicity Materials

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