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

University of Southampton ORCID iD clinics

The Library and RIS will be running in-person and online clinics to help you get the most out of your ORCID iD during international Open Access Week. For example, if you register a new ORCiD or add in an existing ORCiD to Pure, Pure can then update your ORCID profile whenever you add a new research output to the University repository, including long-form outputs, exhibitions and posters as well as journal articles.

Find out more, including the times and locations of in-person sessions andl inks to the online sessions, at

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.

Open and Engaged 2022: Climate research in GLAM, digital infrastructure and skills to open collections, Monday 24 October 13:00-16:30

British Library

In line with this year’s #OAWeek theme: Open for Climate Justice; Open and Engaged will address intersections between cultural heritage and climate research through use of collections, digital infrastructures and skills.

A range of speakers from cultural heritage and higher education institutions will answer these questions to shed light on the theme:

  • What is the role of library collections and historical datasets to understand the impact of climate change?
  • How to use digital infrastructure for more equitable knowledge sharing?
  • What roles and skills are needed to make research from heritage organisations openly available?

More event details can be found on the BL's blog post. We invite everyone interested in the topic to join us on the day by registering at:

SPARKLE: challenges and opportunities in proposing a national repository for practice research. Monday 24th October, 15:00 – 16:30

University of Sussex

Practice research is a broad community that covers a range of disciplines including the creative arts, global health, the humanities and social work, and this community is not well-served by current text-focussed repository solutions. Practice research needs a more considered approach to accommodate a wider range of media. Equally, the current repository focus on single outputs is a poor fit for the processual and interconnected nature of practice research.
This session is a chance to explore issues and opportunities on the road toward sustainable practice asset management, from a preservation and dissemination perspective. Dr Scott McLaughlin will introduce the SPARKLE project and be joined by a panel of Sussex colleagues with an interest in practice research.

Open Educational Resources Toolkit Tuesday 25 October, 13:00 – 14:00

White Rose Libraries (Leeds, Sheffield, York)

Dr Chrissi Nerantzi (Leeds) will talk about the theory and practice of open education before colleagues from the project team introduce and give us a guided tour of the toolkit itself. There will be an opportunity to ask questions. You can find further details, including the option to register for the event via Eventbrite


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 Research and Climate Justice. Thursday 27th October, 12:00 – 13:00

University of Sussex

The first Library Open Research Seminar of the series, this event will explore open research and climate justice. Dr Joseph Walton, Research Fellow in Arts, Climate and Tec, will be presenting on A Researcher Guide to Writing a Climate Justice Oriented Data Management Plan. The guide was written in Winter/Spring 2022 by the Information, Measurement and Practice Action Group of the Digital Humanities Climate Coalition and explores how we can reframe data management within research projects to put appropriate emphasis on climate justice. Dr Shilpi Srivastava, Research Fellow with the Resource Politics and Environmental Change Cluster at the Institute of Development Studies, is a contributor to a forthcoming issue of the IDS Bulletin on the theme of climate and environmental justice, and has worked extensively on climate justice.

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