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Open Access & Institutional Repository: Open Access Week

Open Access Week 2022

Open Access Week 2022 banner: Open for Climate Justice






24 -30 October 2022 is International Open Access Week 

Universities across the UK ahve organised various events to celebrate OA Week that are open to researchers across the UK and beyond:

Open Ideas: Fresh Perspectives. Monday 24th October, 10:00 – 12:30 

University of Aberdeen

Online event: Book your space at

Join us online to hear the latest Open Research thinking from leading academics and advocates from the UK and Australia.

Chaired by Simon Bains, University Librarian, University of Aberdeen.

The Interdisciplinary Roundtable. Wednesday 26th October, 13:30 – 15:00

University of Aberdeen

Online and on campus event: Book your space at

The University of Aberdeen’s Interdisciplinary Centre Directors will examine and explore perspectives on the challenges cross disciplinary researchers face within an open data environment.

Chaired by Brian Henderson, Director for Digital and Information Services, University of Aberdeen

Why the Plan S rights retention strategy matters. Wednesday 26th October, 14:00 – 15:00

University of Derby

Online event. Further information about the session including registration

This session will be delivered by two Open Access experts; cOAlition S ambassador Sally Rumsey, and Professor Johan Rooryck, Executive Director of cOAlition S.

Open Data - the next 10 years. Friday 29th October, 10:00 – 12:00

University of Aberdeen

Online event: Book your space at

Consider the future of Open Data with our panel of Open Data experts from across the UK as they share their predictions for the next 10 years with us.

Chaired by Susan Halfpenny, Head of Research and Learning Information Services, University of Aberdeen

Open Access Week 2021

Banner for Open Access Week 2021, October 25-30







25 -31st October is International Open Access Week 

The library arranged a number of activities across the week for staff and PGRs. In addition the following blog posts were shared via our blog Research Matters|Southampton

ORCiD Clinic - Drop In Session via Teams  (Monday 25th October, 13:00-14:00)

Do you need help setting up your unique researcher identifier (ORCiD) or linking your existing ORCiD in Pure? University Library staff are holding a ORCiD clinic to help. Just join the Teams meeting at any point during the run time. Details on ORCiD and self help guides can also be found on 

Making the most of Open Access Publishing: online Q&A (Friday 29th October, 10:00-11:00, additional session added 11:00-12:00))

This session, run by the Library Engagement Team, includes a short introduction to open access publishing followed by a Q&A session so that we can cover the areas that interest you. We can discuss types of open access, funder policies, uploading your journal articles to our institutional repository, publisher deals, finding open access material and anything else you would like to ask.    

This Q&A session is repeated throughout the year and you can sign up via Staffbook/PGR Manager 

Webinar - Oxford University Press Read and Publish Agreement - Open Access at no additional cost to you 

Tuesday 26th October, 14:00-15:00 

Join this webinar to find out how you can use the University of Southampton's Transformative Agreement (TA) to publish Open Access in an Oxford University Press Journal at no additional cost to you. Hosted by OUP this webinar will take you through the OUP Author Workflow system. University Library staff will be available to answer questions 

Recording now available below.

Open Access Week 2020

Open Access week 2020: open with purpose: taking action to build structural equity and inclusion

International Open Access Week 2020 was 19-25 October.

Open Access refers to free, unrestricted online access to research outputs (such as journal articles, theses and monographs) combined with the right to share and re-use the publication. 

The University of Southampton has a long history of supporting and promoting open access. To celebrate Open Access week we have a series of posts on our team blog, Research Matters|Southampton

You can also visit our webpages or email for help and guidance throughout the year. 

timeline of open access at the University of Southampton from 2000 (Creation of the EPrints software at the University of Southampton as the first free open access institutional repository software, now a world-leading open-source digital repository platform) to 2020 (we prepare for the REF submission)

Open Access Week 2019

Open for whom? Equity in open knowledge

21-27 October 2019 was International Open Access Week

We launched our activities on Monday with a blog post: A Very Short Introduction to Open Access Using Biscuits

Further blog posts followed during the week on our team blog Research Matters|Southampton:

To pay or not to pay?

Our research community

Working for a common purpose

Forging new routes to Open Scholarship for HE and Cultural Heritage Institutions

We also have a light-hearted Twitter thread using biscuit analogies to explain Open Access