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Open Access Week

International Open Access Week is a global, community-driven week of action to open up access to research. The event is celebrated by individuals, institutions, and organizations across the world. This year’s theme is Open with Purpose: Taking Action to Build Structural Equity and Inclusion. Openness can be a powerful tool for building more equitable systems of sharing knowledge. Rebuilding research and scholarship to be open by default presents a unique opportunity to construct a foundation that is fundamentally more equitable. Yet today, structural racism, discrimination, and exclusion are present and persistent in places where openness is a core value. As a global community, it is important to understand that the systems and spaces of the present are often built upon legacies of historic injustice and that addressing these inequities is a necessity.

Established by SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) and partners in the student community in 2008, International Open Access Week is an opportunity to take action in making openness the default for research—to raise the visibility of scholarship, accelerate research, and turn breakthroughs into better lives. 

Open Access Week events

Upcoming Workshops

Open Educational Resources (OER) at SFU: An Open Access Week Event

Note: This workshop will be run on the Zoom platform. You don't have to install the Zoom app on your computer, but it might make it easier to use all of the features. Make sure your computer has access to the Internet via an up-to-date browser.

To celebrate Open Access Week 2020 with our global community, the SFU Library and Centre for Educational Excellence (CEE) invite you to a workshop on Open Educational Resources (OER) at SFU. OER are teaching and learning resources created with the intention of being freely available to users anywhere, and can help circumvent copyright and access concerns that many of us are facing in the remote teaching environment. In this workshop, we will review the basics of OER and discuss some of their benefits for students and instructors. With the help of stories from SFU faculty and students, we will also delve into how you can find or create your own OER, and involve students in open pedagogy through in-class publishing projects.

Speakers include: 

  • Olga Belikov (Centre for Educational Excellence)
  • John Born (Centre for Educational Excellence)
  • Dr. Nicky Didicher (Department of English)
  • Simran Sahota (Department of English)
  • Emerly Liu (Simon Fraser Student Society)
  • Hope Power (Teaching & Learning Librarian)
  • Kate Shuttleworth (Digital Publishing Librarian)
  • Jason Toal (Centre for Educational Excellence)

Register for upcoming workshops

Next semester's workshops will be posted soon.

Unlock your research impact: Blogging your research [Online]

Curious about research blogging, but not sure where to start? Join writer and science communication researcher Alice Fleerackers to learn tips and tricks for communicating your work to online audiences.


  • Alice Fleerackers

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Preparing to Publish [Online]

Graduate students are always encouraged to publish but often without really knowing what that means or how to start. This workshop will focus on navigating the peer review process and will also touch on the topics of open access, working with an editor, and co-authorship.  It will include a discussion of copyright transfer agreements and licenses and provide insight into publishing venues for assuring your research has the best possible visibility, accessibility, and impact.

A few questions this session will help to answer:

  • How does the publishing cycle work?
  • How can you assess potential publishing venues?
  • What is peer review and how can you respond to reviewer comments?
  • What rights can you retain to your published research?
  • What are predatory publishers and how can you avoid them?

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Next semester's workshops will be posted soon.

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October 19 - 25