Open Access Week

Open Access can raise the visibility of scholarship, accelerate research, and turn breakthroughs into better lives. Established by SPARC and partners in the student community in 2008, International Open Access Week is an annual scholarly communication event focusing on open access and related topics.

International Open Access Week takes place globally during the last full week of October in a multitude of locations both on- and offline. It is an opportunity to take action and to embrace openness as the default for research.  

For a brief introduction to open acces, view the 'Open Acces 101' video below 

from Karen Rustad on Vimeo.

Enhance your visibility

There are many things you can do to enhance the visibility of your research:

  • Deposit your publications in the university repository (PURE)
  • Create an ORCID and link it to PURE
  • Publish Open Access
  • Produce a short video pitch on your main research topic
  • Blog and tweet selectively on your research topics
  • Share an early version of your paper as pre-print (ArXiv, bioRxiv,, Cognet, RepEc, SSRN, PeerJ Preprints etc.)
  • Share your data (FigShare, Dryad, UK Data Archive, Institutional Repository (PURE), etc.)
  • Use a stable and full author name and affiliation
  • Use your ORCID when publishing and applying for funding
  • Use research profiles to unambiguously link publications to you
  • Analyse who is using your research and through which channels
  • Avoid journals that are not well-indexed