OA events 2015

Open Access Week (October 19-25, 2015) is a global event providing 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.

The theme for this year is Open for Collaboration.  The theme highlights the ways in which collaboration both inspires and advances the Open Access movement—from the partnerships behind launching initiatives such as PLOS and ImpactStory, to the working relationships the community has established with policymakers that have delivered Open Access policies around the world. The theme also emphasizes the ways in which Open Access enables new avenues for collaboration between scholars by making research available to any potential collaborator, anywhere, any time.

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To Register: RSVP to UVic's Office of Research Services at resprog3@vic.ca or 250-472-4986

Natural Sciences and Engineering: Tues, October 20 | 12-1pm | ASB Boardroom 120

Social Sciences, Humanities, Health and Fine Arts: Thurs, October 22 | 12-1pm | ASB Boardroom 120

Join us for a free lunchtime Q&A session to learn more about the Tri-Agency Open Access Publication Policy and to discuss UVic resources. Separate sessions will focus on natural sciences and engineering publications (Oct 20), and social sciences, humanities, health, and fine arts (Oct 22). The Q&A sessions will be  led by UVic Libraries and the Office of Research Services.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Information about the policy can be found on each of the Tri-Agency sites and Science.gc.ca.

2. Is it Time for Canada to Implement A Unified Open Strategy for Higher Education?

When: Thursday, October 22, 2015

Where: SFU Harbour Centre


Featured Speakers:

  • Dr. John Willinksy, Director of the Public Knowledge Project, Khosla Family Professor of Education and Director of the Program in Science, Technology, and Society at Stanford University, Professor in Publishing Studies at SFU, and Distinguished Scholar in Residence at the SFU Library
  • Dr. Juan Pablo Alperin, Professor in Publishing Studies at SFU and a collaborator on the Public Knowledge Project at Simon Fraser University
  • David Ascher, VP of Product for the Mozilla Foundation
  • Inba Kehoe, Copyright Officer and Scholarly Communication Librarian at University of Victoria Libraries
  • Clint Lalonde, Senior Manager, Open Education at BCcampus
  • Dr. Rosemary (Rosie) J. Redfield, Professor in the Department of Zoology at UBC

Embedded within the vision of post-secondary institutions across British Columbia are the values of contributing to knowledge across disciplines and sharing the results of research with the local and global communities.

Spurred by the need to make higher education accessible to all, the open movement has gained ground as the Internet evolved to enable easy sharing of different forms of media. However, while the notion of “open” in higher education has been growing in British Columbia, the default scholarly approach is still closed.

It is time for the scholarly conversation to shift from why open, to why not open?

This event will feature discussion about collaboration within the open movement and role of openness in higher education in British Columbia and examine:

• if and why BC’s universities and colleges should embrace open practices • what impact open access and the reuse of educational materials would have on the cost and efficacy of higher education • what role the governments of Canada and British Columbia should play in opening higher education

3. Faculty Perspectives on Publishing Open Access (SAGE - Webinar Sponsor)


October 20, 2015 from 2:00pm to 3:00pm ET At what time is it in your location?  Click here.

Featured Presenter(s):

  • Dr. Alan Daly, Chair and Professor of the Department of Education Studies at the University of California, San Diego, will discuss how open access publishing is the best option for the individual researcher and the research community as a whole.
  • Dr. Bruce Herbert, Professor of Geology and Director of the Office of Scholarly Communications at Texas A&M University, will discuss why researchers at his institution avoid open access outlets for publishing research and why subscription-based journals remain the best option for many.
  • Dr. Shannon Audley-Piotrowski, Assistant Professor of Educational Psychology at Smith College, will discuss publishing priorities for early-career researchers.
  • David Ross, Executive Publisher of Open Access at SAGE, will moderate the panel and take Q&A from webinar attendees.


Reports find that perceptions of OA publishing are changing for the better and as a result, many faculty members seek out OA publications for maximum access and impact. However, other researchers continue to avoid it, and those who are early in their careers still aren’t sure how to fit it in their publishing priorities. In this one-hour webinar, three faculty members will discuss why researchers do – or do not – publish in open access outlets and how they look to librarians for support in this process.