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Open Access: Open Access Week 2016

This is a guide to issues in open access, author rights, copyright, open licensing, and scholarly communication.

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Open Access Week @ UK

Open Access Week @ UK

To celebrate Open Access Week 2016 (October 24-30), the University of Kentucky Libraries will host a panel discussion about the use and impact of open educational resources (OER):

Open in Action: Open Educational Resources Contribute to Student Success
9:30-11:00 am, Thursday, October 27, 2016
UK Athletics Auditorium, William T. Young Library

Jeffrey Gallant, Program Manager at Affordable Learning Georgia, will provide an overview of the current textbook market, the benefits of OER, and the success in adopting OER at higher education institutions. Dr. Allison Soult, Director of General Chemistry at UK Department of Chemistry, will share her insights and experience of teaching with OER. After the two presentations, there will be a Q-and-A session moderated by Leila Salisbury, Director of the University Press of Kentucky.

The panel discussion is free and open to all. A reception will follow upon conclusion of the event. Come join us!  If you have any questions or suggestions about Open Access Week, please feel free to contact UK Libraries.

Former Open Access Weeks @ UK

In the past few years, the University of Kentucky Libraries has hosted public events to introduce the university community to open access and new developments in scholarly publishing and communication. Videos of the events are viewable on these sites:

ORCID ID: Researchers' Identifier in Digital Age

There is an international initiative that addresses problems related to confirming the identity of researchers with similar or the same name. It is ORCID, which issues unique identifiers to distinguish individual researchers. Different stakeholders in the research community, including funding agencies, higher education institutions, and publishers, plan to adopt the ORCID ID as a means to disambiguate the identity of researchers and to track their scholarly activities and contributions. More information about ORCID is available from the video below. 

Click here to register for an ORCID ID. Once you have created the ID, take some time to add information about yourself and your research outputs.  This will help build your professional online presence and reputation.  Last but not least, remember to add the ORCID ID to your CV, scholarly publications, grant applications, and academic profiles such as a personal Web page. This will help clarify your identity as a scholar among others who have names similar to or same as yours.

Federal Agencies' Public Access Policies

Federal agencies with an annual research and development budget of $100 million or more have developed plans to ensure free online access to both journal articles and research data resulting from their funding. Information about the plans is available here:

If you have any questions, feel free to contact UK Libraries.

NGOs Promote Open Access

UNESCO advocates open access to scientific information.

Global Research Council has issued an Action Plan towards Open Access to Publications.

The World Bank has created the Open Knowledge Repository.

Food and Agriculture Organization has established the Virtual Open Access Agriculture & Aquaculture Repository.

The World Health Organization provides free online access to its peer-reviewed public health research journal, Bulletin of the World Health Organization.