Open Access Week

Open Access Week is an opportunity for the academic and research community to continue to learn about the potential benefits of Open Access, to share what they’ve learned with colleagues, and to help inspire wider participation in helping to make Open Access a new norm in scholarship and research.

Monday 24th October

  • SPARKLE: challenges and opportunities in proposing a national repository for practice research

    3pm- 4:30pm, Sussex Humanities Lab - Silverstone SB211

    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.

    The Leeds-based SPARKLE project (AHRC) is scoping what a national digital repository for practice research might look like: alongside our sister-project PR Voices (Westminster). The project has conducted interviews with stakeholders from artists and researchers through to library data management and REF administration to find out the different needs and how they interact. Building on the Bulley/Şahin report (Research England 2021), this project addresses the multiple cultural and technical issues that undermine the growth of practice research, and hopes that our proposed solutions will apply across disciplinary boundaries.


    Further details and registration details can be found here.

    This event is co-hosted by the Sussex Humanities Lab and the Library 

Tuesday 25th October

  • Introduction to Open Access Publishing, Online

    This workshop will introduce you to Open Access (OA) publishing and what this means for doctoral researchers.  The Library workshop will cover: an introduction to Open Access developments and debates; the different routes to making your work Open Access; the benefits of making your doctoral thesis more widely available; consideration of publisher attitudes towards publishing open theses; and finding OA material to support your own literature searches

    Book your place.

Wednesday 26th October

Thursday 27th October

  • Open Research and Climate Justice

    12pm-1pm, Online

    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.

    Book your place


Friday 28th October

  • Making your research data available to support your publication

    10am-11am, Online

    Many journals and funders ask for research data to be made openly available to support publications. This session will explore options open to help researchers to do this effectively, including:

    identifying suitable repositories to share your data

    what to consider when describing your data

    how and when to use Sussex Figshare to generate a DOI for your data prior to publication

    how to use Sussex Figshare to make data privately available to peer reviewers

    tips for writing a data statement for your publication to meet funder requirements

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  • (Open)Access all areas: behind the scenes in Research and Open Scholarship

    11am- 12pm, Online

    This interactive session is for Library staff who would like to find out more about work of the Research and Open Scholarship team, open access in general and some of the newest developments in scholarly communication. You'll be putting yourself into the shoes of an academic on a new research journey to tackle quiz questions and discover how the Library team supports research at Sussex.

    Book your place.