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Open Access Week - October 21 to 27, 2013

Please join the University Library in Celebrating Open Access Week.  This year’s Open Access Week theme is “Redefining Impact”.  

Open Access: Redefining Impact - Open Access Week Kick Off Event

Join the University Library in 1-470 of the Daley Library at 2:00 on October 21 to watch a live stream of the SPARC/World Bank Global Open Access Week kickoff event.

This year’s kickoff event will feature a 60-minute panel discussion on the topic of “Open Access: Redefining Impact.” Panelists representing a diverse set of stakeholders – scientific researchers, publishers, technologists and policy makers – will examine the potential positive impacts that can result when research results are shared freely in the digital environment.  Among the topics to be discussed are Article Level Metrics (ALM’s) and changing the way scholarly communication is measured. 

The panel, moderated by SPARC Executive Director Heather Joseph, will feature:

  • Dr. Stefano Bertuzzi, Executive Director of the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB)
  • Brett Bobley, Chief Information Officer for the National Endowment for the Humanities
  • Dr. Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Director of Scholarly Communication of the Modern Language Association
  • Dr. Michael Stebbins, Assistant Director for Biotechnology in the Science Division of the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy
  • Dr. Cameron Neylon, Advocacy Director for Public Library of Science

Monday, October 21, 2:00 to 4:00 - Daley Library – Room 1-470

Light Refreshments will be served.

Can't make it to the library for this event?   You can also view it from your office.  


Undergraduate Research Journals as a Pedagogical Tool

Join the University Library for a panel discussion on the "Undergraduate Research Journals as a Pedagogical Tool".   Faculty editors will discuss their experiences using Open Access Publishing as a Pedagogical Tool.   

  •  Sandra De Groote, Assistant Professor and Scholarly Communication Library will provide a brief overview of Journals@UIC, an open access publishing platform.

Thursday October 24 at 12:30 - UIC Institute for the Humanities, Lower Level / Stevenson Hall

Light Refreshments will be served.  The panel discussion will begin at 1:00.



H-index clinics – drop in

You go to the doctor’s office to get your blood pressure taken.  Why not come to the library to obtain your h-index?  The first 50 researchers that come to obtain their h-index will receive a free USB flash drive.  

The University Library will be offering several drop-in clinics during the week of October 21, to celebrate Open Access week.  During these times come in and a librarian will search Web of Science and Scopus to provide you with your h-index.   Please come prepared to share your name (last, first, and your middle name or middle initial) and any past institutions where you have worked to help improve the accuracy of results. Additionally, we will be available to take your copyright questions (Note: we are not lawyers and information provided on copyright cannot be taken as legal advice).

H-index Clinic: Locations and Times

Daley Library

  • Wednesday Oct 23, 9 to 10:20 - Daley Lobby

Library of the Health Science Chicago

  • Friday Oct 25, 9 to 10:20 - LHS Lobby

About Open Access Week

Open Access Week, a global event now entering its seventh year, is an opportunity for the academic and research community to continue to learn about the potential benefits of Open Access, to share what they’ve learned with colleagues, and to help inspire wider participation in helping to make Open Access a new norm in scholarship and research. 

“Open Access” to information – the free, immediate, online access to the results of scholarly research, and the right to use and re-use those results as you need – has the power to transform the way research and scientific inquiry are conducted. It has direct and widespread implications for academia, medicine, science, industry, and for society as a whole. 

Open Access (OA) 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. Research funding agencies, academic institutions, researchers and scientists, teachers, students, and members of the general public are supporting a move towards Open Access in increasing numbers every year. Open Access Week is a key opportunity for all members of the community to take action to keep this momentum moving forward. 

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Why do you need to know about Open Access?

Open Access will become more relevant to UIC as the more mandates and policies are put in place through state and federal legislation.   The University will be forming an Open Access to Research Taskforce in order to develop an Open Access Policy (Illinois Public Act 098-0295).  In addition, in February, the OSTP and the White House issued a directive to all federally funded agencies receiving more than $100M in R&D funds to develop plans to make the published articles of research supported by federal funding publicly available and to also better account for and manage resulting digital data.   In addition, the bipartisan FASTR (Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act) bill was introduced into both the House and the Senate in February.  These initiatives are similar to the already in place NIH Public Access Policy.  

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