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Open Access: Open Access Week

Open Access Week Events & Actvities

Coming Soon! Stay tuned for details & information about our OA Week 2021 events and activities.

Missed our OA Week 2020 events? Watch the recordings on the Libraries' YouTube page.

How Open Access Supports ‘Good Science’
Speaker: Emily Chennette, Deputy Editor-in-Chief at PLOS
Date: Tuesday, October 20, 10 AM – 11 AM
Location: Virtual Event 

What comes to mind when you think about good science? Is it reproducible? Impactful? Accessible? In this session, guest speaker Emily Chennette, Deputy Editor-in-Chief, PLOS ONE, will discuss what we mean when we talk about good science, and how Open Access supports the practice and publication of it. Chennette will also mention the steps PLOS takes to ensure that published papers are open and accessible, reproducible, conducted ethically, and contribute to the base of academic knowledge.

Watch the recording

Open Access—Is it Opening Pandora's Box?
Deborah Clegg, PhD, RD, Associate Dean for Research, College of Nursing & Health Professions
Wednesday, October 21, 2 PM – 2:30 PM

Virtual event

The Drexel Libraries welcomes Deborah Clegg, Associate Dean for Research in the College of Nursing & Health Professions, for a session on the pros and cons of traditional vs. Open Access journals. Dr. Clegg will provide a decision tree to assist researchers in making the decision about where to publish research findings and data. Open Access can be the perfect format—but it does come with a cost. Learn more about Open Access publishing, including when it’s worth the extra expense.

Watch the recording


To Read and Be Read: When Monopolists Control Access to Academic Prestige
Speaker: Ted Bergstrom, Aaron and Cherie Raznick Chair of Economics, Distinguished Professor of Economics, UC Santa Barbara
Date: Thursday, October 22, 3 PM - 4 PM
Location: Virtual Event

Large commercial journal publishers have historically taken advantage of the scholarly authors and referees who give publishers monopoly rights to control access to their work. Publication in prestigious journals is crucial to a successful career in the academic world, and authors continue to donate their work to these publishers' journals due to the their earned prestige from a long history of publishing high quality work. However, over the last two decades, there has been much discussion of an alternative “open access" model of scholarly publishing, in which published articles are made freely available online and where authors or their universities pay a fee to the publisher for handling their articles.

Join Ted Bergstrom, Distinguished Professor of Economics & Aaron and Cherie Raznick Chair of Economics, UC Santa Barbara, for a discussion about the power of commercial publishers and how the transition to open access publishing may begin to reduce that power, while also helping universities save money and promoting competition in the publishing industry.

Watch the recording

Drexel Faculty Testimonials

Drexel Librarians asked faculty and staff why Open Access is important to them and what advise they have for colleagues interested in publishing in Open Access publications. Discover what just a few Drexel faculty have to say about open access.



About Open Access Week

Open Access (OA) Week is an annual, international event promoting open access to research.

Launched in 2007, OA Week is 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. 

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