Open Access Oxford Week 9-13 March 2020

This is the page for Open Access Oxford Week 2020, 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. We’re looking forward to hearing from some excellent speakers from Oxford University and beyond.

Please see below for our latest programme information and booking links. New details will be added as they arise. All events are free and open to all current Oxford University staff and students, especially academics and researchers, research students, research administrators and librarians.




Monday 9 March 2020

Plan S and cOAlition S.

With Sally Rumsey (OA Expert, Jisc & cOAlition S).

What’s happening with Plan S – key points and latest developments, from the former head of scholarly communications here at the Bodleian. Plan S is a set of principles agreed in September 2018 by cOAlition S, a group of research funders (including Wellcome, UKRI and ERC) seeking full and immediate Open Access to research publications. It was revised in May 2019 in response to feedback and the implementation date postponed to 1 January 2021. The main principle is that: “all scholarly publications on the results from research funded by public or private grants provided by national, regional and international research councils and funding bodies, must be published in Open Access Journals, on Open Access Platforms, or made immediately available through Open Access Repositories without embargo.”

Time: 14:00-16:00

Venue: Butler Room, Nuffield College. With tea/coffee.

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Tuesday 10 March

The international FAIR movement for Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable research data.

Professor Susanna-Assunta Sansone (Associate Director, Oxford e-Research Centre & Associate Professor, Dept of Engineering Science). An update on developments in the UK, EU and internationally, from a pioneer in FAIR data principles. We will also hear about next steps for open research data, and the interim recommendations of the UKRI on research infrastructure (

The Bodleian’s Data Librarian, John Southall, from the university’s data management support team, will also be on hand to help with any questions about Research Data Management at Oxford.

Time: 14.30-15.30

Venue: Seminar Room B, Manor Road Building.

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Wednesday 11 March

Implementing the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA).

With David Carr (Programme Manager – Open Research, Wellcome Trust, and DORA Steering Group member) and Professor Anne Trefethen (Pro Vice-Chancellor for People & Gardens, Libraries and Museums (GLAM), and Professor of Scientific Computing).

The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA) is part of a move towards ‘responsible research metrics’, using the intrinsic merit of a publication when assessing research or in promotion and funding decisions, not the title of the journal or publisher. The University has signed DORA and has a new set of Principles to promote the responsible use of research metrics at Oxford. The Wellcome’s new Open Access policy from 1 Jan 2021 requires organisations to sign or publicly commit to DORA or an equivalent, and a consultation is underway on implementation guidance for Wellcome-funded institutions. We will find out about DORA and what’s happening at Oxford and the Wellcome, and discuss what these mean in practice for our researchers.

[Update 4/3/20: unfortunately Alis Oancea (Professor of Philosophy of Education and Research Policy, and Director of Research in the Department of Education and Special Advisor on research impact) is no longer able to join us, but you can still read the European Commission expert group on researchers’ engagement with open science and its impacts report.]

Time: 14:00-16:00

Venue: St Luke’s Chapel, Radcliffe Humanities Quarter, Woodstock Road. With tea/coffee.

View David Carr’s slides

View Professor Anne Trefethen’s Slides


Thursday 12 March

Robust research: a practical guide.


Dr Verena Heise (NDPH Intermediate Fellow, Nuffield Dept of Population Health; Reproducible Research Oxford group, the local network of the UK Reproducibility Network).

Are most published research findings false? Why should we care? And is there anything we can do about it? This talk will give an overview of some practical solutions such as open science and some good research practices that can help make research findings more robust. There are a number of solutions that can be implemented by individual researchers, and there are wider issues, for example around skills training and incentives, that require cultural change. The activities of the cross-divisional group Reproducible Research Oxford will also be outlined.

Venue: Seminar Room 0, Big Data Institute, Old Road Campus.

Time:  14:00-15:00

[NB this session has been cancelled – apologies for the short notice. 11th March 2020] 


Friday 13 March

Authors, copyright and open access – making it work for you.

With Sarah Barkla and Juliet Ralph (Bodleian Libraries).

Researchers are often unsure about open access copyright permissions for their journal article, preprint or thesis.  What open access rights do you retain when signing the publisher agreement for a journal article? Are you permitted to self-archive your article in your institutional repository? Which Creative Commons licence to select for your preprint? Your choices affect what you and others can do with your work. This introduction deciphers the jargon and explains the pitfalls so you can understand your options and make informed decisions.

Time: 14:00-15:00

Venue: Room 2, Taylor Institution.

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Further information

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Publicity materials
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