Monday, 21 October 2013

International Open Access Week: Guest blog postings from the #OA community

A very happy Open Access Week (OAW) to all our followers. For the duration of International Open Access Week this blog will be taken over by #OA advocates, at the request of the University of Sheffield Open Access Team.

Our first guest posting is from Carmen O’Dell, Open Access Coordinator at the University of Sheffield. 

In honour of International Open Access Week the RDM blog will this week host blogs from individuals involved in different ways with Open Access who will offer their own perspective on the challenges and opportunities that surround the movement to widen access to scholarly research. 

The underlying principle of Open Access is very simple – access to scholarly research, on the internet, free of charge for everyone.  However making that a reality is not simple at all - not least because not everyone agrees we should be going down that route in the first place and there is certainly much disagreement over how best to get there.  In the UK however, the publication of the Finch report and the subsequent release of new funding requirements by Research Councils UK, means that many researchers are now having to deal with the complexities of open access for themselves, often for the first time,  like it or not. 

Fortunately at the University of Sheffield help is at hand. A small, but very dedicated team are here to help you understand the options available to you so you can ensure your research both reaches the widest audience possible and also complies with any applicable funder directives.  Use our web pages as a starting point on your own open access journey, invite us into your department or research group to talk to you and your colleagues in depth about the issues which concern you the most or contact us on for individual help when you need it.   

Additionally, on Wednesday the 23rd of October we have arranged a series of short talks by experts from within the University on various aspects of open access.  For more information and to book a place visit our event web page

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