• 1 October 2020, 9:00am to 31 October 2020, 5:00pm
Online via Zoom

To mark International Open Access Week in October, Victoria University (VU) Library is offering online sessions on open access and seeking contribution to its open access target.

Based on 2020 Open Access theme – Open with purpose: Taking action to build structural equity and inclusion – the program of activities offer tools and strategies to open up knowledge.

You can get involved by contributing to the VU Research Repository target for open access publications, or join other open access sessions through VU Develop.

Meet the VU Research Repository target

The VU Research Repository is an open access repository that showcases the research and scholarly outputs of VU staff and higher degree research (HDR) students. Throughout October, the VU Research Repository aims to have 50 publications added as open access publications.

To increase the reach of your research and influence your Measure of Research Activity (MORA) calculations, submit an open access version of your publication to the VU Research Repository.

  1. In your VU Elements record, look for the repository symbol ('e' symbol) to check that details of your publication are in the VU Research Repository. If there is no 'e' symbol, contact [email protected].
  2. Find the Author Accepted Manuscript (AAM). This is the version after peer-review but before publisher formatting. It looks like an essay with no journal branding, usually double-spaced. It is commonly a .DOCX or other text format. You can find your AAM in multiple ways:
    • search your email, computer hard drive, and cloud storage
    • contact your co-authors
    • log into the journal's submission page and retrieve a copy of the accepted version or AAM
    • contact the journal by email and ask for a copy of the accepted version of your article.
  3. Email the Author Accepted Manuscript to the Repository at [email protected].

Join open access sessions

Log in to VU Develop to book sessions via the Capability Hub.

Non-VU staff interested in attending a session can email [email protected] for registration.

Sessions are delivered via Zoom.

To help students understand how open access can benefit their learning, this is a Zoom session for students.

The session Five questions answered about Open Educational Resources covers:

  • What are they?
  • Why should I care?
  • What do they cost?
  • Where can I find them?
  • How do I use them?

When: Friday 16 October, 11–11.30am.

Students can book the session via Learning Hub online.

Find out how to increase citations with open access, identify open access journals and apply for VU funds available to support Article Processing Charges (APCs).

When: Monday 12 October, 11–11.30am.

Book 'open access publishing'.

For open access teaching and learning, join this session to understand copyright and Creative Commons for text and images, video and web content.

When: Tuesday 13 October, 11–11.30am.

Book 'copyright for teaching'.

Understand the way research quality is measured and discover how open access publishing can be a good strategic choice to increase the impact of your publication.

When: Wednesday 14 October, 11–11.30am.

Book 'strategies for scholarly publishing'.

With predatory publishing not recognised in MORA calculations, learn how to identify predatory publishers and assess where you publish.

When: Thursday 15 October, 10.30–11am.

Book 'predatory publishing'.

To publish your work open access, learn how to secure your author rights, re-publish your own work, and navigate contracts/licences.

When: Monday 19 October, 2–2.30pm.

Book 'copyright for researchers'.

Understand how FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable) principles can be applied to research data.

When: Tuesday 20 October, 2.30–3pm.

Book 'FAIR principles'.

Learn how to set up a data management plan, share your data, find the data of others and cite data.

When: Wednesday 21 October, 2–2.30pm.

Book 'data management essentials'.

With the new MORA procedure now including a bonus for open access publications, learn how to make your publications open access by using the VU Research Repository.

When: Thursday 22 October, 11.30am–12pm.

Book 'make your publications open access'.

Discover the range of open educational resources available for teaching: courses and online learning, images, music and audio, simulations, textbooks and videos.

When: Thursday 22 October, 3–3.30pm.

Book 'open educational resources'.

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