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International Open Access Week, October 19-25, 2015


Open Textbook Network Workshop, Oct. 1

The UI Provost Office, UI Libraries, and The Office of Teaching, Learning, and Technology, are sponsoring an Open Textbook Network workshop on October 1, 2015. Faculty applications to the workshop are available here.

The e-Textbook and Digital Content page includes descriptions of recent and ongoing OER efforts, including the Digital Course Content Project.

Find out more about open educational resources by visiting the OER subject guide.

Questions: contact Carmelita Pickett or Ericka Raber.

Journal Article Publishing Workshop, Oct 15


October 15, 2015; 9 – 11 a.m., EMRB, Seebohm Conference Room

This workshop is a collaboration with Elsevier to offer faculty, graduate students, post-docs, and library staff an academic publishing workshop designed to examine the processes for developing manuscripts and submitting articles to academic journals. Preparing manuscripts, the editorial process, and targeting a journal for submission are among the topics to be covered.

The workshop will be led by Jane Ryley, Senior Publisher in Health & Medical Sciences and Dentistry at Elsevier. Elsevier journal editor, and UI professor of Epidemiology, Linda Snetselaar, will participate. Beverages and breakfast items will be provided.

To register for the workshop, please email

Questions: contact Karen Fischer,, 335-8781


Stop by and visit the sessions between 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Learning Commons, Main Library, Group Area D.

Monday, Oct. 19th  –  Open Access in a Nutshell (intro to OA)

Tuesday, Oct. 20th  –  The Path of Open Access (scholarly vs. open access journal publishing)

Wednesday, Oct. 21  –  The Price is Not Right (journal costs)

Thursday, Oct. 22  –  Own Your Work (authorship agreements)


What is Open Access?

Open-access (OA) literature is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions. What makes it possible is the internet and the consent of the author or copyright-holder. OA is entirely compatible with peer review, and all the major OA initiatives for scientific and scholarly literature insist on its importance. Just as authors of journal articles donate their labor, so do most journal editors and referees participating in peer review. OA literature is not free to produce, even if it is less expensive to produce than conventionally published literature. The question is not whether scholarly literature can be made costless, but whether there are better ways to pay the bills than by charging readers and creating access barriers. Read More>>