International Open Access Week 2023: Local and Global Events

International Open Access Week is celebrated each year in late October. Started as a SPARC initiative in 2007, now in its 16th year, the week is filled with events highlighting the benefits of Open Access publishing, services that libraries offer to advance Open Access, and conversations on transforming scholarly publishing to provide free and unfettered access to academic research and scholarship.
Leddy Library Curated International Open Access Week 2023 Events
Spotlight Series Recap: Generative AI and OpenOctober 2, 2023Online

Summary Report

The Higher Education Leadership Initiative for Open Scholarship (HELIOS) hosted a Spotlight Series focused on generative artificial intelligence (AI) and open scholarship.

The World Economic Forum defines Generative AI as “a category of artificial intelligence algorithms that generate new outputs based on the data on they have been trained. Unlike traditional AI systems that are designed to recognize patterns and make predictions, generative AI creates new content in the form of images, text, audio, and more.” In 2023, generative AI has seemingly made the leap from a topic vaguely on our collective radars to everything everywhere all at once. ChatGPT has emerged as a tool for the masses, with questions raised about how peer reviewers, editors, and professors will be able to discern between human and machine generated papers. Geoffrey Hinton, the so-called godfather of AI, quit Google with a stark warning about the ethical implications of AI. A raft of headlines like “Why We're Worried about Generative AI” appeared in prominent publications like Scientific American. Intrepid analysis revealed that the training datasets for a number of AI models are surprisingly small, pulling from heterogeneous sources.

Higher education is becoming increasingly aware that these concepts are of direct relevance to their missions and their research, including their open scholarship priorities. Three experts in this emerging space shared their insights.

2023 ACRL/SPARC Forum: Editorial Board Resignations to Align Journals with Community over CommercializationOctober 12, 2023 11:45 am - 1:45 pm4100 Leddy Library | Register to attendJoin colleagues from across campus for a group viewing of this event, with some introduction at the beginning and discussion following the event. Bring your lunch and join us for this interesting topic.

The past year has seen a resurgence of journal editorial boards resigning in protest over commercial publisher policies. With a track record stretching back over a decade, these collective resignations are an effective strategy for creating immediate change and empowering researchers to take back control of their publication.

As in years past, many resignations center on objections to high publishing fees, but an increasing number are also driven by pressure to vastly expand publication volume and a dismissive attitude toward scholars’ visions for their journals. The common thread through each is the prioritization of commercialization over the best interests of the communities each journal seeks to serve.

On October 12th at 12pm ET / 9am PT, the next ACRL/SPARC Forum will feature a 90-minute discussion among representatives from editorial boards that have recently resigned in protest over publisher policies. Speakers will include:
  • Anna Stilz, Journal of Political Philosophy
  • Johan Rooryck, Glossa
  • Kristen Kennedy, Imaging Neuroscience 
  • Lindsay McLaren, Journal of Critical Public Health 
  • Moderator: Nick Shockey, SPARC

Heading into International Open Access Week later in October, the 2023 ACRL/SPARC Forum will provide important context for this year’s theme of “Community over Commercialization” and examples of researchers using their power to better align a community’s journals with that community’s interests.
Global Equity in Open Access Publishing: Workshop on Viewpoints and Perspectives from Across the AmericasOctober 16, 2023OnlineWebsite | Perspective videos on challenges in OA | English notes 
Developing New Approaches to Promote Equitable and Inclusive Implementation of Open Scholarship Policies: A WorkshopOct 19, 2023
9:00AM - 2:30PM ET
National Academic of Sciences | Online registration

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Roundtable on Aligning Incentives for Open Scholarship will organize a half-day hybrid public workshop, Developing New Approaches to Promote Equitable and Inclusive Implementation of Open Scholarship Policies on Thursday, October 19 from 9 am to 2:30 pm EDT. The workshop will be held in conjunction with the Fall 2023 meeting of the Roundtable. The public is invited to register to join virtually. 

The workshop will explore specific steps and new approaches that research institutions, governmental agencies, research funders and other organizations can take to promote equitable and inclusive implementation of policies and practices being developed in response to the August 2022 memorandum of the Office of Science and Technology Policy on Ensuring Free, Immediate, and Equitable Access to Federally Funded Research. The discussion will build on a June 2023 workshop that explored the implications of new policies for various stakeholders. A Proceedings of a Workshop-in Brief will be prepared by designated rapporteurs and distributed broadly.

Agenda, Thursday, October 19, 2023, 9:00 am-2:30 pm EDT 

Welcome and Roundtable Chairs’ Remarks
Keith Yamamoto, University of California, San Francisco, Roundtable Co-Chair
Erin O’Shea, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Roundtable Co-Chair

Agenda Setting
Greg Tananbaum, Roundtable Secretariat and Open Research Funders Group

Resource Introduction
Maryrose Franko, Health Research Alliance

Transparency of Processes and Data as Remedies Against Misinformation
Mikala Narlock and Wind Cowles, Data Curation Network
Belinda Orland, American Heart Association

Engaging the Public in Research Results
Jylana Sheats, Tulane University and Aspen Institute
Elyse Aurbach, University of Michigan Office of Research

Conferral of Credit to Reflect Full Range of Contributions
Kristi Holmes, Northwestern University
Randolph Hall, University of Southern California 

Author Rights Retention
David Hansen, Authors Alliance
Richard Schneider, University of California, San Francisco

Non-APC/Non-Subscription Journal Business Models
Melissa Junior, American Society for Microbiology
Johan Rooryck, DIAMAS (Developing Institutional Open Access Publishing Models to Advance Scholarly Communication)

Inclusion of Diverse Communities and Voices in Designing an Open Research Ecosystem
Thomas Mboa, APSOHA, Cameroon (Association pour la Promotion de la Science Ouverte en Haïti et en Afrique) and CEIMIA (International Centre of Expertise In Montreal on Artificial Intelligence)
Maria Camila Diaz Casas, Colombia Science Ministry
Shyam Krishna, Alan Turing Institute

Chairs Closing Remarks
Keith Yamamoto and Erin O’Shea

Hacking the Academy: The Adoption of OpenOctober 22, 2023  1-2 pmOnline | Register

This year’s Open Access Week focuses on the theme of “community over commercialization” and provides an opportunity to examine the successes and challenges of adopting open practices in software development, open education, open data, and new funding models to support this work. Join our panelists as they converse around their work to support the adoption of open. This program will take place fully online through Zoom.

Our Hacking the Academy program series looks at the new ways in which research is produced, shared, archived, and reused.


Ashley Farley, Program Officer of Knowledge & Research Services, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Vani Mandava, Head of Engineering, eScience Institute’s Scientific Software Engineering Center, University of Washington

Jenny Muilenburg, Research Data Services Librarian, University of Washington Libraries

Lauren Ray, Open Education Librarian, University of Washington Libraries

Global Summit on Diamond Open AccessOctober 23-27, 2023Online  & In Person: Toluca, Mexico| RegisterThe purpose of the Global Summit on Diamond Open Access is to bring the Diamond OA community together in a dialogue between journal editors, organizations, experts, and stakeholders from all continents. This unique event consists in a series of hybrid and multilingual events organized from 23 to 27 October 2023 in Toluca (Mexico) by Redalyc, UAEMéx, AmeliCA, UNESCO, CLACSO, UÓR, ANR, cOAlition S, OPERAS and Science Europe.
Open Access Panel Discussion: Short Form PublicationsOctober 24, 2023 6:00-8:00 amOnline | Register

Join the University of Derby and the University of Essex as we celebrate Open Access Week 2023!

Open Access publishing has come a long way in recent years, especially in the academic journal space, but has this now become the norm or is there still work to do to fully embrace the movement to ensure equitable access for all? What are the challenges that the global research community still faces and how can these be overcome? The resurgence of Green Open Access and Institutional Rights Retention policies allow authors and universities to take back some of the power from the large academic publishers, but does Green provide a sustainable future for Open Access, or should our efforts be more focused on Diamond Open Access?  

Come along to this panel discussion which will focus on Open Access publishing and short form output types. During the session, we will hear from expert speakers who will discuss their experiences of publishing Open Access, how Rights Retention empowers author choice, and where we might be headed for the future. 

Panelist Biographies  

Stephen Eglen - Professor of Computational Neuroscience, University of Cambridge. 

Kate O'Neill - Scholarly Licensing Manager, University of Sheffield. 

Dr Shelby Judge - Early Career Academic in Creative and Cultural Industries, University of Derby. 

Dr Caroline Edwards - Senior Lecturer in Modern and Contemporary Literature, School of Creative Arts, Culture and Communication, Birbeck University of London and Director of the Open Library of Humanities.

The event is open to everyone, and attendees are encouraged to sign up and engage in the discussion! For more information about Open Access and Open Research, please see the University of Derby's Open Research SharePoint pages and the Library's information on Open Research at the University of Essex.

Scholarnexus: A Novel Platform for Open Access Publishing (Queens University Library)October 24, 2023 1:00-2:30 pmHybrid | Register

For Open Access Week, the Queen's University Library is hosting an event on October 24 from 1 to 2:30pm in Stauffer Library Room 014. This event will be hybrid and will facilitate both online and on-site participation.

Open Access Week is a global initiative that celebrates open access to scholarly information. This year's theme, "Community over Commercialization", represents an opportunity to join together, take action, and raise awareness around the importance of community control of knowledge sharing systems.

Our presenter for 2023 is Gunnar Blohm, a leading researcher and innovator in the field of sensorimotor control and computational neuroscience, will deliver a presentation on his latest project, Scholarnexus. During the event, he will share his vision and insights on the future of community-led open access infrastructure. 


Scholarnexus is a novel platform that aims to create a seamless ecosystem for open scholarly publishing. It will enable researchers, institutions, and the academic community to access and share knowledge more easily and collaboratively. You can learn more about Scholarnexus on its official website


 This event is a great opportunity for anyone interested in the future of open access and the potential of Scholarnexus to join the conversation.

For Open Science, Not For ProfitOctober 26, 2023Online | Register The 2023 theme of International Open Access Week is “Community over Commercialization”. This theme particularly resonates with Canadian Science Publishing (CSP), a not-for-profit and community-focused scholarly publisher. In this informative and interactive webinar, CSP's team will provide an overview of open science (OS) and open access (OA), including key terminology and context, considerations around the benefits and remaining barriers associated with OA, and a discussion reflecting on this year’s OA Week theme. The session will conclude with an overview of recent OS and OA policies both internationally and within Canada, including the recent developments surrounding the Tri-Agency’s revised open access publishing policy, and a view for what the future may hold.
Student Journal Launch! UWill Discover: Sustainable FuturesOctober 27, 2:30-4:00 pmLeddy Library Student Research Collaboratory | Join us on MS TeamsOn Friday, October 27th from 2:30 to 4pm, we will host engaging activities of journal readings, games, door prizes, a preview of the 2024 UWill Discover Conference, and much more! We are excited to launch our journal during International Open Access Week which celebrates free, public scholarship opportunities in academia. 
Open and Engaged 2023October 30, 2023Hybrid | Register

In line with this year’s #OAWeek theme: Open and Engaged 2023: Community over Commercialisation will address approaches and practices to open scholarship that prioritise the best interests of the public and the research community. The programme will focus on community-governance, public-private collaborations, and community building aspects of the topic by keeping the public good in the heart of the talks. It will underline different priorities and approaches for Galleries-Libraries-Archives-Museums (GLAMs) and the cultural sector in the context of open access.

We invite everyone interested in the topic to save the date of Monday 30 October on their calendars!

This will be a hybrid event taking place at the British Library’s Knowledge Centre in St. Pancras, London, and streamed online for those unable to attend in-person.

You can register for Open and Engaged 2023 by filling this form. Please note that the places for in-person attendance are now full and the form is available only for online booking.

Registrants will be contacted with details for either in-person attendance or a link to access the online stream closer to the event.

The programme is as follows:

10:00   Welcome

10:10   Keynote from Monica Westin, Senior Product Manager at the Internet Archive

Commercial Break: Imagining new ownership models for cultural heritage institutions.

10:40   Session on public-private collaborations for public good

  • Balancing public-private partnerships with responsibilities to our communities. Mia Ridge, Digital Curator, Western Heritage Collections, The British Library
  • Deconstructing Digital Collections [Research] Infrastructures: A perspective from Towards a National Collection. Javier Pereda, Senior Researcher of the Towards a National Collection (TaNC)
  • "This is not IP I'm familiar with." The strange afterlife and untapped potential of public domain content in GLAM institutions. Douglas McCarthy, Head of Library Learning Centre, Delft University of Technology.

11:40   Break

12:10   Lightning talks on community projects

  • The Turing Way: Community-led Resources for Open Research and Data Science. Emma Karoune, Senior Research Community Manager, The Alan Turing Institute.
  • Open Online Tools for Creating Interactive Narratives, Giulia Carla Rossi, Curator for Digital Publications and Stella Wisdom, Digital Curator for Contemporary British Collections, The British Library

12:45   Lunch

13:30   Session on the community-centred infrastructure in practice      

  • AHRC, Digital Research Infrastructure and where we want to go with it. Tao Chang, Associate Director, Infrastructure & Major Programmes, Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
  • The critical role of repositories in advancing open scholarship. Kathleen Shearer, Executive Director, Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR). (Remote talk)
  • Investing in the Future of Open Infrastructure. Kaitlin Thaney, Executive Director, Invest in Open Infrastructure (IOI). (Remote talk)

14:30   Break

15:00   Session on the role of research libraries in prioritizing the community

  • Networks of libraries supporting open access book publishing. Rupert Gatti, Co-founder and the Director of Open Book Publishers, Director of Studies in Economics at the Trinity College Cambridge
  • Collective action for driving open science agenda in Africa and Europe.. Iryna Kuchma, Open Access Programme Manager at EIFL. (Remote talk)
  • The Not So Quiet Rights Retention Revolution: Research Libraries, Rights and Supporting our Communities. William Nixon, Deputy Executive Director at RLUK-Research Libraries UK

16:00   Closing remarks

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