Recently the Washington University Faculty Senate adopted a formal Open Access Resolution that places renewed focus on the dissemination of new knowledge and asks WU faculty to seek out publishers who share that vision of broad digital access to scholarly information.
But going about that task—getting one’s work within reach of all who may wish to access it—can be confusing. Publisher agreements vary, as do the Open Access options that are emerging. Should one go with “gold” or “green” OA? And what about peer review? The National Institutes of Health’s new public access policy? There’s much to consider.
That’s where the Libraries come in, particularly during Open Access Week, celebrated from October 22 to 28 this year. WU faculty and students are invited to learn more about these and other related topics at five different sessions scheduled to take place throughout the week:
--> A half-hour workshop titled “Don’t Sign Your Rights Away: Author’s Rights” will be held at 12:15 Monday, Oct. 22, in the library at the Brown School of Social Work. Social work librarian Lori Siegel will suggest ways to retain rights in order to freely use one’s work for scholarly, professional, and teaching activities.
--> Also available on Monday, Oct. 22, at 3 p.m., is a 90-minute webcast, “Perspectives on Open Access: Practice, Progress, and Pitfalls,” which will be shown at Olin Library (Arc Presentation Room, Level A). The webcast will feature a panel discussion co-sponsored by SPARC and the World Bank. (The webcast will also be freely available through World Bank's Live Portal.
--> A second webcast to consider, available at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 23, through this Harvard site is “How to Make Your Research Open Access (Whether You’re at Harvard or Not)”. Open Access advocates Peter Suber and Stuart Shieber will headline the session, answering questions and recommending concrete steps for making one’s work openly accessible.
--> A presentation on “Electronic Theses & Dissertations and Open Access” will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23, in Olin Library (Arc Presentation Room, Level A). Andrew Rouner, director of the digital library, and subject librarian Brian Vetruba will give an overview of the process for submitting an electronic thesis or dissertation at Washington University. They will discuss factors to consider when deciding on open access or restricted access for such work. Preregistration is requested but not required.
--> Closing out the week’s events will be Cathy C. Sarli, scholarly communications specialist at Becker Medical Library, who will give a “NIH Public Access Policy Overview” in Olin Library at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24 (Arc Presentation Room, Level A). This policy requires that NIH-funded investigators and scholars submit the final, peer-reviewed manuscript version of journal articles generated by NIH funding to PMC. Preregistration is requested for this session.