Previous Open Access Week events

Find out about some of the previous Open Access Week events and activities at Sussex




Find out more about Open Access for researchers at Sussex.  

Open Access Week 2017

Adding your data to the University of Sussex Research Data Repository

24th October

The session launched the University of Sussex Research Data Repository. This is a joint venture with Figshare and is open to all researchers and doctoral researchers to support the effective management and sharing of research data. It provides a portal to Sussex research data, making it more accessible to a wider audience. The session demonstrated what the data repository offered and how to use it to make data discoverable, citable and shareable.

The session was introduced by Ian Carter, Director of Research and Enterprise. 


Jacob Norris and Thomas Nowotny: How researchers might use the UoS Research Data Repository

Adam Harwood, Research Data and Digital Preservation Technologis: Getting started: practical use of the Uos Research Data Repository

Publishing without tears

25th October

Chris Surridge, Chief Editor of Nature Plants and formerly editor of Nature and PLoS ONE journals, discussed ways to make communicating the fruits of research as successful as possible. From constructing a paper and choosing a journal, to writing a cover letter and responding to referees' comments, he covered the key stages of publication. He also talked about the ever-more diverse varieties of peer review and the journal ecosystem in general. 

Chris Surridge's presentation

Open Access Week 2016

The benefits of making your PhD thesis Open Access

25th October

How many people will read your PhD thesis? Since 2009 Sussex doctoral theses have been made available online through Sussex Research Online, greatly increasing the visibility of the research. This informal discussion gave researchers an opportunity to explore the benefits of having an Open Access thesis and consider the facts around possible impact on future publishing opportunities.

The session included:

  • Former PhD students sharing their experiences of having a highly downloaded Open Access thesis on SRO
  • Head of Research Student Administration Camilla Briault outlining the Sussex policy on open theses and the embargo process
  • Library Research Support staff showing how to find out how many times a thesis was downloaded, and use ORCiD to link your thesis to future work
  • Consideration of publisher attitudes towards publishing open theses: fact vs fear

Camilla Briault's presentation slides: Open access, embargoes and your thesis

Library Research Support's presentation slides: Making your PhD thesis Open Access

Open Access Week 2015

Open Access: What lies ahead?

20th October

With momentum gathering around open access, traditional channels of scholarly communications are being redefined. Universities are faced with new challenges in dealing with the changes across all disciplines. This seminar, presented in partnership with Sussex Humanities Lab, explored two areas where these changes are being felt: the potential use of metrics to support the transition to a more open and accountable research system and how the shift to open access might impact on the authors of scholarly monographs. 


James Wilsdon - Professor of Science & Democracy, University of Sussex - The MetricTide: How can we use responsible metrics to support open science? (slides/ audio)

James Baker  - Lecturer in Digital Humanities, University of Sussex - Open Access monograph publishing for Arts, Humanities and Social Science Researchers (slides/ audio)

Chaired by: David Hendy - Professor of Media & Communication, University of Sussex

Watch the full recording

 Open Access Week 2014

Scientists' motivations for Open Access publishing - Dr Dagmara Weckowska

24th October

There has been a significant shift in the scholarly communication landscape since the introduction of the UK Research Councils’ requirement for articles funded by them to be Open Access (OA). HEFCE’s announcement that all articles and conference papers must be OA to be eligible for the post-2014 REF has even wider implications. This seminar addressed the following questions: Will these policy changes be enough to change researcher behaviour? And how is Sussex responding to the OA agenda?

Speaker: Dagmara Weckowska - Lecturer in Business and Innovation - Scientists' motivations for open access publishing (slides)

 Open Access Week 2013

Open Access in the next REF - what does HEFCE need to know?

25th October

A lunchtime discussion about the HEFCE consultation explored the following areas: What part will Open Access play in the post-2014 REF? HEFCE consulted on Open Access mandates for the next REF exercise, with a view to requiring that all outputs submitted are Open Access from the point of publication. What will this mean for researchers, what kind of outputs should be included and what exceptions should there be?

Introduced by: Ian Carter - Director of Research and Enterprise

 Open Access Week 2012

Set the Default to Open Access

22nd, 23rd, 24th, 25th October

A series of drop-ins sessions were organised around campus for Sussex researchers to find out more about adding their research to Sussex Research Online and the article processing charges for Gold OA journals.

 Open Access Week 2011

An Introduction to Open Access Publishing: Social Sciences, Humanities and Sciences

25th October

This session provided an introduction to Open Access publishing from both a researcher and publisher perspective.

 In this session we explored:

  • the rationale for Open Access
  • the current state of the field
  • tools that are available for those seeking to edit and establish new journals
  • researcher and publisher funding opportunities, particularly in light of author-pays models

Speaker: Martin Eve - Doctoral researcher and founding editor of the Open Access journals, Excursions and Orbit

Practical Tips for Open Access Publishing in the Social Sciences and Humanities

26th October

With the announcement of SAGE Open last November and its launch this Spring, SAGE was the first major publisher to offer a new platform to support open access publishing in the social and behavioural sciences and the humanities.

 In this session we explored:

  • how ready the social sciences are for OA
  • the future of OA as a sustainable business model
  • where, how and if ‘author pays’ can be funded in the social sciences compared to STM
  • the future of the single article entity and its platform as the primary means of disseminating and creating scholarly knowledge


David Ross - Journals publisher, engineering, SAGE

Lucy Robinson - Journals publisher, social science, SAGE

 Open Access Week 2010

Maximise your Research Impact: Engaging with Open Access Publishing - Science and Medicine

18th October

This seminar provided an opportunity for researchers across the sciences to discuss the impact of open access upon their own research, the different options for making research outputs open access, and the advantages and disadvantages of doing so.


Carrie Calder - Head of Marketing, BioMed Central - Open access publishing: The current landscape
Antony Lewis - Lecturer in Physics and Mathematics and RIOJA Steering Group member - Should we abolish journals?
Kitty Inglis - University Librarian - Sussex Research Online: An update

Maximise your Research Impact: Engaging with Open Access Publishing - Humanities and Social Sciences [presentation slides available]

20th October

This seminar provided an opportunity for researchers across the humanities and social sciences to discuss the impact of open access upon their own research, the different options for making research outputs open access, and the advantages and disadvantages of doing so.


Jonathan Connor - Digital Content Manager, ESRC - Open Access from a funder's perspective
Martin Eve - Doctoral Student in English and Chief Editor of Excursions - Open Access for the Humanities
Kitty Inglis - University Librarian - Sussex Research Online: An update

Getting Research Published: A BioMed Central Workshop on Publishing in Open Access Journals

18th October

This workshop was an excellent opportunity to learn how to increase the impact of your research through Open Access publishing and covered:

  • Critically assessing your results in the context of current literature 
  • Choosing the right journal 
  • Understanding the peer review process
  • Preparing a 'good' manuscript 
  • The appeal process

Workshop leader: Jo Appleford - Editorial Manager, BMC-series Journals, BioMed Central

Supporting Researchers with Open Access

20th October

A session about the issues involved with open access and what it means for research. This informal afternoon session consisted of a series of short presentations covering the open access publishing model, Sussex Research Online and e-theses, and provided an opportunity to discuss the issues with other staff supporting researchers from around campus.

Joanna Ball & Jane Harvell - Open Access to Scholarly Information: An introduction
Chris Keene - Introduction to Sussex Research Online
Annette Moore - Issues around the submission of electronic theses

These events were organised by the Library's Research Support Section.