Beginning October 24, University Libraries will celebrate International Open Access Week, joining with academic and research communities around the world to promote and learn about the potential benefits of Open Access. Open Access scholarship is digital, online, free of charge, entirely compatible with peer review. Open Access has the potential to maximize research investments, increase the exposure and use of published research, facilitate the ability to conduct research across available literature, and enhance the overall advancement of scholarship. To learn more about Open Access Week, visit the official site online.
The Libraries will hold workshops to promote participation in Open Access initiatives. The first workshop, “Evaluating new journals for publication: what authors need to know,” is for graduate students and will be held on Oct. 25 from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Attendees will learn how to assess unfamiliar journals and better understand terms like “open access” and “article processing charges.” The second, on Oct. 27 from 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., will be on starting and publishing an open access journal in Digital Scholarship@UNLV, our campus institutional repository. This workshop will consist of a panel of faculty and librarians describing their experiences establishing an open access journal. A list of journals in Digital Scholarship@UNLV is available online.