Celebrate Open Access Week 2023

Scholarly Publishing and Open Access plus a stylized book with the open access symbol

 About International Open Access Week

Every year, SFU Library participates in International Open Access Week, to raise awareness of open scholarship and celebrate the work that the SFU community is doing to make knowledge public.

This year’s theme is Community over Commercialisation,  an opportunity to engage in a candid conversation about which approaches to open scholarship prioritize the best interests of the public and the academic community—and which do not. Questions to consider may include:

  • What is lost when a shrinking number of corporations control knowledge production rather than researchers themselves?
  •  What is the cost of business models that entrench extreme levels of profit? 
  • When does the collection and use of personal data begin to undermine academic freedom? 
  • Can commercialization ever work in support of the public interest? 
  • What options for using community-controlled infrastructure already exist that might better serve the interests of the research community and the public (such as preprint servers, repositories, and open publishing platforms)? 
  • How can we shift the default toward using these community-minded options?

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 join together, take action, and raise awareness around the importance of community control of knowledge sharing systems.

 Attend a workshop

A short introduction to Statistics Canada resources
Next semester's workshops will be posted soon.
Preparing to Publish

Preparing to Publish [Online]

About the workshop

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, choosing a journal, 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?


Coming soon.


Register for upcoming workshops

Wednesday, May 29, 2024 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
via Zoom (link will be sent to participants 24 hours before the workshop/event begins)
Monday, June 10, 2024 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
via Zoom (link will be sent to participants 24 hours before the workshop/event begins)

What's Your Impact?: An Introduction to Measuring the Impact of Your Research Within and Beyond the Academy [Online]

Who is looking at your research and how can you measure it? Find out more about research impact – what it is, how to measure it and how to leverage it. This session will help you:

  • understand what is meant by research impact,
  • become familiar with the different types of research impact metrics,
  • know the tools available to calculate research impact.
  • and devise a strategy to increase the impact of your own research activities.

Register for upcoming workshops

Monday, June 3, 2024 - 11:00am to 12:30pm
via Zoom (link will be sent to participants 24 hours before the workshop/event begins)

Get published: Choosing a journal [Online]

About the workshop

This online workshop will help you choose a suitable journal for publishing your research. This workshop will appeal to graduate students with all levels of publishing experience. We invite you to join us whether you have published in academic journals before or are considering this for the first time. We will discuss:

  • Where to look for journals in your discipline
  • How to tell if a journal is right for your work
  • When and how to consider journal rankings such as the Journal Impact Factor 
  • How to make your work open access
  • How to identify and avoid predatory publishers

Register for upcoming workshops

Tuesday, July 9, 2024 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
via Zoom (link will be sent to participants 24 hours before the workshop/event begins)

 Attend the Coalition Publica OA Week webinar

Coalition Publica, a partnership between the Public Knowledge Project (PKP) and Érudit, will be hosting an Open Access Week webinar on Advancing Research Visibility through National Portals: Insights from Spearheading Institutions

On October 26th (8-9:30am PDT) join panelists from Canada, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, the Netherlands, and Sweden to discuss national portals – collections of journals that are published within a geographic location that combine their metadata, and sometimes content, in a single interface. This panel discussion brings together representatives from nascent and mature national portal projects to shed light on the benefits, challenges, and strategies for effectively establishing and maintaining these critical platforms.

SFU Library is a long-term partner and proud supporter of the Public Knowledge Project (PKP). Based at SFU, PKP develops open source tools for scholarly publishing and is best known for Open Journal Systems which is used by over 25,000 journals worldwide and is available in over 40 languages. For more information about using PKP's open source software at SFU, contact our Digital Publishing team. 

 Listen to a podcast, or watch a film or a talk

Creative Commons' Open Minds podcast 
On this episode hear more about the Open Access movement from Heather Joseph, the Executive Director of SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition).

Paywall: the Business of Scholarship 
Learn about the major academic publishers and open scholarship in this 2018 documentary.

An introduction to Open Education Resources at SFU, filmed for Open Access Week 2020.

 Read more at Radical Access: the Scholarly Publishing Blog

The latest news and answers to your questions about scholarly publishing and open access.

October 23 - 29