In the lead up to International Open Access Week 23rd-29th October 2017, Annette Ramsden, Research Support Librarian, would like to share her thoughts on Open Access

 International Open Access Week is a global, community-driven week of action to open up access to research.

This year’s theme is Open in order to….?

The aim is to generate discussions at a local as well as global level as to the concrete benefits of Open Access and what this openness enables, for example;


Thinking about what Open in order to….. might enable here at EHU; here (and at other UK HEI’s) the main driver around Open Access is ensuring compliance in order for research outputs to be submit-able in the EHU REF return. This is a direction of travel that we are all working towards, so we could start the conversation with: Open in order to … achieve compliance.

However, the benefit of making your research Open Access spreads far beyond this (admittedly major) driver. Making research open benefits at both institutional and individual researcher level in that research is disseminated to a wider audience. Through depositing an author accepted manuscript output in EHRA (allowing for publisher embargoes), EHU research and their authors are more globally ‘visible’. Thus Open in order to… increase visibility of research.

Plus this increased visibility raises the profile of institutional and individual research and provides the potential for collaboration and partnerships with national and international researchers, external bodies and independent research institutes undertaking research in similar fields or cross-disciplinary research.  Therefore Open in order to…facilitate collaboration.

So, in International Open Access Week we are putting on a series of discussions and workshops around the theme of openness here at EHU:



Open Research – come along to a discussion around Open Access, Research Data Management (RDM) and Open Data and routes to enable openness. Monday 23rd 1.30-2.30 in LINC G2



Practice as Research Performing Arts – Are you a researcher in Performing Arts?  Come along and find out how you can deposit your REF 300 word additional information statement into EHRA (Edge Hill Research Archive) Thurs 26th October 1-2 pm in LINC G2


EHRA Open Access Week – Do you want to know how to deposit your outputs into EHRA? Come along to a workshop and find out. If you have any outputs to deposit, bring the details with you and deposit them in the session. Friday 27th October 12-1 in LINC G2



Tea and Tech – Getting to Grips with EHRA – Come along to session about EHRA (Edge Hill Research Archive) deposition and have a tea or coffee while you find out how to deposit. Wed 25th October 10.30-11 in JD13


Places can be booked via MyView. Select Request Training, filter by type ‘Researcher Development’ and locate event.

Any questions please email [email protected]

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