Open Access Week (and Beyond) at UCB

Open Access Week is a global event promoting Open Access as the new norm in scholarship and research. Several Berkeley events are planned for OA week and beyond.

  • Students, researchers, faculty and the public are invited to attend.
  • Come early and get a free t-shirt! (a limited number of open access t-shirts and PLoS t-shirts will be distributed at each event.)

Publish Smart, Maximize Impact

  • Do you have an article you want to publish?
  • Are you trying to decide where to place it?

This workshop will examine how journals are ranked for impact (including some of the controversies about ranking systems), and your rights as an author.

  • Are you confused about copyright?
  • Do you want to be able to post copies of your article on your own website?
  • Do you know whether you’ll be able to?

We will discuss Berkeley funding to support open access publishing, and the movement in academia to make information more accessible. Not only is open access a social good, it can also be good for you as an author!

Three sessions will be offered, each with a slightly different focus:

Social Sciences
Wednesday, October 20
251 Doe Library

Humanities & Area Studies
Thursday, October 28
2:00 – 3:30pm
251 Doe Library

Friday, October 29
12 noon – 1:30pm
Biosciences Library Seminar Room

Action for Open Access

The Students for Free Culture sponsor this webcast with Nick Shockey of the Right to Research Coalition, a national organization that believes no student should be denied access to research they need because their institution cannot afford the often high cost of access.

Thursday, October 21
4:00pm – 5:30pm
Bioscience Library Seminar Room

Open Access Goes to Washington

In July 2010, a Congressional Hearing held to inform legislators primed to consider the Federal Research Public Access Act (FRPAA) offered a unique opportunity for lawmakers to hear the testimonies of 10 witnesses as they spoke to the important implications of expanding public access to the results of federally funded scientific research.  Catherine Nancarrow was a witness at this Hearing. She will summarize the points she made and describe the reactions of the Congressional panel who now, better informed, will be considering the issues in advance of a vote.

Friday, October 22
12 noon – 1:30pm
Bioscience Library Seminar Room

Open Access and other Intellectual Properties of Learning

In this talk, Professor John Willinsky will provide a brief update on current developments in open access. He will sketch out a host of reasons (historical, philosophical, economic, and legal) why some form of open access on a global basis is an entirely reasonable expectation, full of educational and intellectual advantages.

John Willinsky is the Khosla Family Professor of Education at Stanford University and director of the Public Knowledge Project. Much of his published work, as well as PKP’s journal and conference management software, is freely available through the project’s website.

Thursday, November 4
Education/Psychology Library

This was originally posted on the Scholarly Communication News at Berkeley blog