Open Access Week is a yearly global event that celebrates open access. Open access is free and immediate access to peer-reviewed, scholarly research. This year's theme, Open with Purpose: Taking Action to Build Structural Equity and Inclusion, calls on us to reflect on how "open" research is. Does the vehicle we use to publish in promote and include a global perspective? Do we advance structural equity within scholarly publishing through the journals that we support? Open Access Week 2020 (October 19-25) presents us with an opportunity to reflect on whether the publishing industry presents a value-aligned solution to our ethical and scholarly needs.
At UNO Libraries, we will be celebrating Open Access Week through encouraging faculty and staff to make their work “open” via our institutional repository, DigitalCommons@UNO. In addition to this, through a series of Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram posts this week on UNO Libraries’ social media accounts, we will explore the topic of open access more widely. Lastly, as Creative Commons licenses are a common tool used by the open access community, you can view some short, instructional videos here that introduce you to the topic.
If you have any questions about Open Access Week, how to utilize Creative Commons licenses or how to share your scholarship more widely through the institutional repository, please get in contact with Kate Ehrig-Page (Institutional Repository Coordinator) at UNODigitalCommons@unomaha.edu.
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