It matters how we open knowledge: Join the Library for Open Access Week, 25-31 October

Logo for Open Access Week 2021, October 25-31 - It Matters How We Open Knowledge: Building Structural Equity.

Open Access Week, a global event now entering its tenth year, is an opportunity for the academic and research community to learn about the potential benefits of Open Access (OA), to share what they’ve learned with colleagues, and to help inspire wider participation in helping to make OA the norm in scholarship and research.

This year’s theme focusses on building structural equity. From a workshop introducing you to the issues, to lightning talks, a Wikipedia Editathon, and even an OA whodunnit mystery, the Library has something for everyone.

Delve into Open Access Week 2021 and discover how making research more open could benefit your work, your academic community and society at large.

Highlights for PhD researchers

Introduction to Open Access publishing, for doctoral researchers
Monday 25 October, 14.30 – 16.00 | Online
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This workshop will introduce you to OA publishing and what this means for you as a researcher.

It will cover:
• introducing you to OA developments and debates
• different routes to making your work Open Access
• the benefits of making your doctoral thesis more widely available
• consideration of publisher attitudes towards publishing open theses: fact vs fear
• finding OA material to support your own literature searches

Logo for Open Access Mystery.

Open Access Mystery Game
Friday 29 October, 10.30 – 12.00 | Online
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You’re at the 9th Advances of Research Conference when disaster strikes – there’s a global lockdown of all research and it’s up to you to work out who’s behind it.

Will it be the professor who relies on the h-index? The early career researcher with imposter syndrome? The problem solver who works in publishing? Or perhaps it’s the paranoid researcher who thinks you’ve stolen her ideas? Pay attention, all is not as it seems…

Can you solve the mystery and save the world? Take on a character and explore open access in this online whodunnit-style role-playing game, organised by the Library Research Support team. 

Other events

See the Library OA Week page for full details and to register.

Open and Engaged 2021: Understanding the impact of OA in the Arts and Humanities, beyond the University
Monday 25 October, 09.45 – 13.15 | Online

Sharing knowledge in the open: a Wikipedia editathon
Tuesday 26 October, 11.00 – 13.00 | Library Open Learning Space

Pick ‘n’ Mix: Different flavours of open access at Sussex
Wednesday 27 October, 10.00 – 11.30 | The Meeting House

Open Research Conversation: The future of publishing
Thursday 28 October, 12.00 – 13.30 | Online

OA with the faeries: an Open Access pub quiz (no, really)
Thursday 28 October, 16.30 – 18.00 | IDS Bar