Open Access Oxford Week, 4-8th March

Taking place in 8th week of term (4th – 8th March) is Open Access Oxford Week. Events are Image advertising Open Access Oxford Weektaking place across the University so why not join speakers from Wikimedia UK, Research England, Oxford University Press, UK Copyright Literacy and Universities UK to discuss developments in research dissemination and scholarly communication, policy and practice, all in the context of open access?

On Tuesday 5th March is a special event: ‘Open Access and Monographs: publishers, policies and practicalities’, jointly organised with the Humanities Division, to hear latest developments in this area.

To see the full list of events and to book a place, visit

Monday 4 March
2-4pm: ‘The Convergence of Open: Open Access, Education, Data & Culture’. Dr Martin Poulter (Wikimedian In Residence, University of Oxford). Talk 2-3pm followed by an optional hands-on introduction to Wikipedia editing 3-4pm.

Tea/coffee will be available. Venue: Radcliffe Science Library (Training Room). Book a place (Oxford Single Sign On).

Tuesday 5 March
2.00-4.30pm: ‘Open Access and Monographs: publishers, policies, practicalities’. Chaired by Prof Daniel Wakelin (Faculty of English) and following on from the Oxford OA monographs seminar in November 2018, another chance to hear from practitioners about the latest developments in OA for academic books.

Includes tea/coffee. Venue: Weston Library (Lecture Theatre). Book a place (Oxford Single Sign On).

Wednesday 6 March
4.15-6.00pm: ‘Paywall: the movie’. Film screening followed by discussion. Paywall: the business of scholarship is a 65 minute documentary made in 2018 by Prof Jason Schmitt and ‘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’. This event is co-organised with the Reproducible Research Oxford group.

Tea/coffee and popcorn will be available. Venue: Radcliffe Humanities Building (Lecture Theatre). Book a place (Oxford Single Sign On).

Thursday 7 March
3.30-5.00pm: ‘Learned Societies and the transition to Open Access’. With Oxford University Press, the Bodleian’s Open Access support team and panel: Prof Aditi Lahiri (Faculty of Linguistics, Philology & Phonetics; Linguistics Society of America; Philological Society), Prof Matthew Freeman (Dunn School of Pathology; Company of Biologists), Prof David Mills (Education; European Association of Social Anthropologists) and Prof Kate Watkins (Experimental Psychology; Society for Neurobiology of Language). Aims of the event are to explore the opportunities and challenges for learned societies as scholarly dissemination moves increasingly towards open access publishing.

Tea/coffee will be available. Venue: Taylor Institution (Room 2). Book a place (Oxford Single Sign On).

Friday 8 March
2.00-3.30pm: Play the ‘Publishing Trap’ board game. With Jane Secker and Chris Morrison (UK Copyright Literacy), creators of this board game for doctoral students, early career researchers and academics to learn about author copyright.

Tea/coffee will be available. Venue: Radcliffe Science Library (Group Study Room). Book a place (Oxford Single Sign On).