Open Access To Be Celebrated Next Week [Washington University]

Staff Writer | Washington University | October 17, 2012

The Washington University Faculty Senate recently adopted a formal open access resolution that places renewed focus on the dissemination of new knowledge and asks WUSTL faculty to seek out publishers that share a vision of broad digital access to scholarly information.

But just how to get scholarly work to all who may wish to access it can be confusing. Publisher agreements vary, as do the open access options that are emerging. Questions abound, including those about peer review, “gold” and “green” open access, and the National Institutes of Health’s new public access policy.

Next week, WUSTL Libraries is offering a series of five sessions to answer these and other questions during national “Open Access Week,” celebrated from Oct. 22 to 28. The five sessions are:

• “Don’t Sign Your Rights Away: Author’s Rights,” a 30-minute workshop at 12:15 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22, in the library at the Brown School. Social work librarian Lori Siegel will suggest ways to retain rights to freely use one’s work for scholarly, professional and teaching activities...