Celebrate 2022 International Open Access Week (Oct. 24 - Oct. 30) -- Benefits of Publishing in an Open Access Journal


George C. Gordon Library

Open access means scholarly research is freely and permanently available online, for anyone to access.

The Creative Commons (CC) licenses allows this research to be legally reused, built upon and adapted without permission or fees, as long as the author and original source are properly attributed.

Some of the benefits of open access publishing include:

  • Greater impact: open access articles are more likely to be read and cited as they are more discoverable and visible, leading to increased usage and citations.
  • Wider global audience: articles are free to read and access anytime by anyone worldwide, allowing not just researchers but the general public access to research and findings
  • Supports innovation and advances discovery: unrestricted access to output and data allow researchers to build on existing findings and to carry out collaborative research, leading to new initiatives and quicker discoveries.
  • Compliance with open access mandates: open access articles are fully compliant with policies set by major funders, institutions and governments through the use of a Creative Commons license.

    From:  https://www.bmj.com/company/openaccess/open-access-faq/



Open For Impact: Increasing Research Impact Through Open Access Publishing

Thursday, October 27, 2022: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

This online session will explore the effect that open access publishing has on various measures of research impact and provide practical recommendations for increasing the impact of your own research by adopting open practices.


Understand the impact of Open Access publishing on citation and attention rates in various research fields.

Learn how the library’s resources and services can help you understand research impact.

Leverage Open Access workflows to increase the impact of your own research.

 To register:  https://hsl-mcmaster.libcal.com/event/3697488


Understanding Copyright for Researchers

Tuesday, October 25, 2022: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Do you know your BYs from your BY-NC-NDs? Choosing a copyright license for your work can be tricky, especially when your institution or license funder may have particular rules that they expect you to follow. This session provides a brief overview of the common license types you’ll encounter when publishing your work open access; highlights when, where, and why these licenses might be used; and provides you with tools to identify how you can comply with institutional and funder mandates.

  • Sybille Geisenheyner, Director, Open Access Strategy & Licensing, American Chemical Society View Bio
  • Eric Slater, Senior Manager, Copyright, American Chemical Society View Bio
  • Roy Kaufman, Managing Director, Business Development, Copyright Clearance Center View Bio

To register:  https://connect.acspubs.org/OpenAccessWeek2022


The Promise of Open Access: Publishing digital monographs in the liberal arts

Tuesday, October 25, 2022: 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

Join industry expert Darin Hayton as he explores Open Access monograph publishing for the Liberal Arts. Darin Hayton is the Chair of the Editorial Board at Lever Press, an innovative Open Access scholarly press.

Open Access (OA) publishing offers authors, readers, libraries, and other institutions the best way to realize the scholarly goals we as academics aspire to espouse. I will draw on my time at Lever Press to highlight the benefits of publishing your book-length work as an Open Access monograph. OA publications can take advantage of their digital foundations to address some of challenges authors in liberal arts institutions face, and to offer a way for those authors to contribute materially to broader scholarly conversations both within and beyond the liberal arts. I also want to address some of the concerns that faculty have raised, particularly those early in their careers and worried about receiving appropriate credit for their OA books.

To register: