International Open Access Week 2018 International Open Access Week 2018

International Open Access Week 22-28 October 2018

The 2018 Open Access Week Advisory Committee has announced that the theme for the 2018 International Open Access Week, to be held October 22-28, will be 'Designing Equitable Foundations for Open Knowledge'.

UEA is pleased to be taking part in this international event and will be running a series of activities throughout the week, incorporating talks, information sessions and hands-on workshops to help researchers make their work open. 

“Enabling others to access the results of our research is essential in ensuring that our findings make maximum impact – and deliver maximum benefit,” Fiona Lettice, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Research and Innovation. “We’re already good at sharing outputs by adding publications to Pure, but to make our research truly open we must go further, and the events organised for International Open Access Week will help us understand and adhere to best practice.

“As individual researchers and as a university, there are many advantages to improving the access to research, including raising the visibility of our research, increasing the number of citations, compliance with the Research Excellence Framework (REF) criteria, building new relationships and enabling us to better influence policy and be part of the solution to some of the challenges that affect us all, like health or climate change.

“I’m looking forward to the week’s events, and hope that as many researchers who can will come along to learn more.”

An at-a-glance programme of events is available, as well as a full timetable including details, times and venues of UEA activities.

Highlights include:

Open Science at the Royal Society

Dr Stuart Taylor, Publishing Director at the Royal Society

"The Royal Society is the national academy of science for the UK. We have been publishing science for over 350 years and we introduced open access on all our journals in 2006. Today, almost half our articles are published with immediate open access under CC-BY licence.

In recent years, in parallel with our Science Policy Centre, we have pressed ahead with implementation of open science principles in our journals."

Legal & Ethical Considerations to Creating Shareable Research Data 

Dr Scott Summers, Senior Research Data Services Officer at UK Data Service

"There is a growing push from funders and journals to making the data behind publications and research more open. Where research involves people as participants, their privacy and confidentiality needs to be protected.


This talk will explore how this research data can be shared using the three-pronged approach of (i) consent, (ii) anonymisation, and (iii) access controls."


This event will be followed by a hands-on session led by Dr Summers, entitled Focus on Using the UKDS ReShare System, which will be of particular interest to current and recent ESRC grant holders.


Exploring the Benefits of Open Research

Professor Tracey Chapman, School of Biological Sciences

A talk and discussion session on open access, data sharing and open research from a researcher’s perspective – focussing on how and why to share data and what benefits it may bring.

For more information about the events, please contact Slides and/or recordings of the talks will be made available on the webpages for those who are unable to attend.

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