Open Access Week

Week commencing 14th March 2016 is Open Access Week The aim is to raise awareness and answer questions about Open Access research

The week commencing 14th March 2016 is Open Access Week at the University of Derby. The aim is to raise awareness and answer questions about Open Access research.

What’s happening?

  • Monday 14th / 12-2pm (MS/BM/KR)
    • Stand in the Atrium at KR, the Library at BM and office visits - come and say hello!
  • Tuesday 15th / Afternoon (MS/BM/KR)
    • Stand in the Library and office visits
  • Wednesday 16th / 12.30 - 1.30pm (KR)
    • Lunch and short talks
  • Thursday 17th / 12 - 2pm (BUX)
    • Stand in the Dome and office visits
  • Friday 18th / Afternoon (MS/BM/KR)
    • Stand in the Library and office visits

What is Open Access?

Open Access is the free online availability of scholarly literature, including journal articles, conference proceedings, theses, book chapters, data and more.*

Why should I get involved?

There are around 1.8 million professional knowledge workers in the UK, many working in R&D intensive occupations and in small firms, who do not have access to journal subscriptions.** Making your research outputs Open Access increases readership and potential for collaboration.

Open access is associated with 24% uplift in citation impact by increasing visibility and dissemination.***

Open access is supported by the Research Councils, EU and other research funders.

HEFCE require all journal articles and conference proceedings accepted after 1st April 2016 to be made open access for them to be REF eligible.

Support

For more information on Open Access, please visit the Library’s Support for Researchers online guide or email your Subject Librarian.

To find out how to make your outputs open access for free by submitting it to the university’s open access repository, UDORA, please email UDORA@derby.ac.uk.

For general enquiries about REF outputs, please contact Paul Weller, Head of Research (PhD Students and REF outputs). 

You can also view our Open Access Flyer and also our Open Access leaflet

Videos

Sources and Further reading

* For more information read for free, Suber, P. (2012) Open Access, Cambridge MA: MIT Press.

** Source: Research Information Network (2011) Access to Scholarly Content: Gaps and Barriers.

*** Source: Science-Metrix for the European Union (2014) Proportion of OA Papers at the European and World Levels, 2004-2011.