Open Access Week 2018

22-28 October 2018

Open Access Week, 22 - 28 October 2012

Established by SPARC and partners in the student community in 2008, International Open Access Week is an opportunity to take action in making openness the default for research—to raise the visibility of scholarship, accelerate research, and turn breakthroughs into better lives.

This year’s Open Access Week will be held from 22-28 October and be under the theme "Designing equitable foundations for open knowledge". To mark the occasion the Library will be holding a number of events throughout the week. We will also run a Q & A session on Twitter on Thursday 25th October. So if you have any questions around open access, ask them on Twitter using the hashtag #UoBOAWeek18. 

More information about the sessions and how to attend is listed below:

Tuesday 23rd October 2018

  • Screening of "Paywall: The Business of Scholarship"

Paywall: The Business of Scholarship is a documentary which focuses on the need for open access to research and science, questions the rationale behind the $25.2 billion a year that flows into for-profit academic publishers, examines the 35-40% profit margin associated with the top academic publisher Elsevier and looks at how that profit margin is often greater than some of the most profitable tech companies like Apple, Facebook and Google. 

We will run at lunchtime screening of Paywall. Attendance is free of charge, but please sign up on Eventbrite.

12.15 - 13.45, Met & Mat (G6) GA03 - Eventbrite registration

Thursday 25th October

13.00 - 15.00, P09 Poynting 

  • Are you adding publications records on Pure?
  • Are you unsure about how to make a record open access?
  • Do want know how to add lots of publication records quickly?

This is an interactive session, where you can add publications information to Pure with experts on hand to solve problems and answer questions. So, drop in and talk to experts who will be on hand to answer your questions.

  • Twitter Q & A

15.00 - 16.00, Twitter using #UoBOAWeek18

Our library experts will answer your questions on open access. Ask you questions all week on Twitter using the hashtag #UoBOAWeek18.

Request a session

If you would like a bespoke training session for your School or College, please contact


The European Commission funded projects FOSTER and OpenAIRE will run a series of webinars and Q & A sessions on open access and research data sharing. A full overview of the schedule and details on how to joing these sessions are available on the FOSTER webpage.