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Celebrating International Open Access Week: 21–27 October

October 18, 2019

Starting on Monday, universities and libraries around the world will celebrate Open Access Week. We’re offering three online webinars to help you upskill on open access knowledge, so make sure you keep reading or visit our Eventbrite page to see what’s on offer.

When research is made ‘open access’, that means anyone can access research outputs produced by universities without having to log in to a licensed database or pay a fee. By doing so findings, ideas, solutions, theories, opinions and more are extended beyond the barriers of licensed databases and the walls of academia – and are shared with everyone.

The value of open access

For Deakin researchers, making your research openly accessible means that more people get to view your findings, leading to greater impact in the community (and the world), potential collaborations with other researchers and higher citation rates.

For Deakin alumni, the general community and researchers from poor countries who are facing complex challenges, being able to access research outputs provides the opportunity to keep up to date in a particular field or discipline, continue lifelong learning, and resolve issues and problems.

value of open access

At Deakin Library, we’re celebrating Open Access Week by launching new resources and functionalities, as well as offering a range of activities!

Open Access Resource Guide

This week, we launched a new Resource Guide which provides a range of information about open access, ranging from basic concepts to specific information about how to make your work openly accessible, and where you can find OA resources.

Find OA resources

We’ve made it easier for you to access articles, papers and other content that might otherwise be locked into databases and journals that the University doesn’t subscribe to, by including links from Unpaywall in Library Search and in Deakin Research Online (DRO).

Look for the orange Unlocked symbol in Library Search…

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…or the Unpaywall symbol in the full record display in DRO

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…to get to the open access version.

If you’re a Chrome or Firefox user, you can also download the Unpaywall browser extension to connect to OA versions of research publications.

Improving the Deposit process in Elements

Authors of journal articles who want to make their publications openly accessible but don’t have the accepted manuscript version to upload, now have the option of using the Unpaywall DOI lookup in the Deposit Advice section of Elements to find an OA version of their research. 

If an OA version is found, simply copy and paste the link to complete the Deposit process in Elements.

Open Access Week training sessions

Register online to attend one or more of the following webinars and improve your knowledge of open access publication.

Practical steps in the publication process

12–1pm, Monday 21 October

The focus of this session will be on Depositing and Preserving your research using Elements software. It will cover:

  • publication wiki
  • Elements: an introduction and getting started
  • how Elements connects with staff profiles and Deakin Research Online (DRO)
  • adding publications
  • tracking the progress of your work: From Elements into DRO.

Register now

Making your work open access

1–1.30pm, Monday 21 October

This session will cover:

  • what is open access?
  • the benefits of open access
  • the difference between Gold OA and Green OA
  • open access publishing options
  • making research open access at no cost
  • Deakin’s repository (DRO) and Elements.

Register now

Copyright and your thesis

2–3pm, Monday 21 October

This session will cover:

  • your rights as an author
  • copyright and submission of your thesis
  • how to use copyright material in your thesis
  • avoiding common pitfalls
  • where to get further information and advice.

Register now

Get in touch

If you have any queries about open access publishing, finding open access resources or making your research openly accessible, Deakin Library staff are more than happy to assist you. To direct your query:


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