Open Access Week, October 21-27, 2019
Open Access Week is here and to celebrate we're giving away chocolate!
From Monday 21 October, the first 50 people who upload an author accepted manuscript into Aurora will receive a special chocolate gift. Adding your author accepted manuscript to Aurora is the first step in bringing your work out from behind publisher paywalls and making it available to the world.
The theme for the 2019 Open Access Week is Open for Whom? Equity in Open Knowledge and you can read about the impact that open access has in our feature article on Dr Kate Sanders from the School of Biological Sciences: Sea Snakes, Scholarly Sharing and Open Access.
Why open access?
Studies have shown that:
- open access articles have significantly more page views when compared to pay-walled articles and on average they have higher citations rates.
- open access articles have the potential to reach a wider audience, with a general media advantage. They are 47% more likely to be cited in a Wikipedia entry.
- making supporting data available is also associated with a 25% higher citation impact on average.
How do I make my work open access?
The two main avenues for making your work open access are:
- Publishing your article in an open access journal
- Making the author accepted manuscript (the version of your article that has been peer reviewed and accepted for publication, but has not yet been formatted in the publisher's style or copy edited) publicly available on websites such as Adelaide Research and Scholarship.
Making my author accepted manuscript publicly available sounds rather complicated...
It really isn't. The most difficult part tends to be making sure that you still have a copy of your author accepted manuscript, particularly if your article was published a while ago. If you are about to have an article published, make sure that you keep a copy of your author accepted manuscript ready to upload. Once you have your author accepted manuscript you simply need to upload a copy into Aurora. And that's it.
The author accepted manuscript can be referred to by many different names, but essentially it is the version of your article that has been peer reviewed and accepted for publication, but has not yet been formatted in the publisher's style or copy edited.
Once your author accepted manuscript has been uploaded into Aurora the library will do all of the checking behind the scenes to make sure that it can legally be made publicly available. Once all of the checks are complete, your article will be made available on Adelaide Research & Scholarship for the world to discover.
Receive a special chocolate gift for uploading your author accepted manuscript during Open Access Week 2019
There has never been a better time to get started with making your work open access. Be one of the first 50 people to upload your author accepted manuscript into Aurora - the first step to making your work publicly available - and you'll receive a special chocolate gift.
For more information or assistance with open access please contact Anne Hawkins, Copyright & Open Access Coordinator.