Open Access Week 2020

Open Access Week is an annual global event broadening awareness and understanding of open access to scholarly research results and celebrating open access to data, publications and more.

For more information about the week, including events held worldwide, see

Find out more about support for Open Access for researchers at Sussex.   

Open Academic Publishing: what it is, what it could become and why that matters

Monday 9th November, 3pm-4.30pm

Open Access Week may be over, however there are more opportunities to learn more about developments in scholarly communications.

In conjunction with Sussex Humanities Lab, we will be exploring open publishing in this online research seminar, covering both the fundamentals and the innovation.

Lucy Barnes from Open Book Publishers will discuss how, as publishers, they have approached open access publication and also, her work with COPIM, the Community-led Open Publication Infrastructures for Monographs project.

Dr Arianna Ciula from King’s Digital Laboratory will share her experience of integrating digital publishing with the Software Development Lifecycle (SDLC) process.

Dr Tanya Kant, University of Sussex, will share her experiences of supporting researchers with open publication through REFRAME, an open access academic digital platform for online practice publication and curation.

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How do funders and researchers work with open data?

Researchers from all disciplines joined this online seminar to hear more about open data and research.

Prof Rachel Thomson - Reanimating Data: journeys in archiving, sharing and re-using social research

Slides from this presentation: Open Access: making, sharing and re-using archives in the social sciences [PPTX 30.60MB]

In this presentation Prof Thomson talked about her own journey in developing collaborative approaches to archiving, sharing and reusing qualitative social research, and the potential for open access archiving to enable new kinds of social research practice. Examples discussed included the Everyday Childhoods collection and the reanimating data project - both of which can be explored in full.

Dr Sonya Towers - Maximising the value of research outputs – Wellcome’s role as a funder

Slides from this presentation: Maximising the value of research data: Wellcome's role as a funder [PPTX 3.62MB]

In this presentation Dr Sonya Towers, a programme officer in the Open Research team at Wellcome, talked about Open Research and how Wellcome supports researchers to maximise the impact of their research outputs.

Library Associate Director Suzanne Tatham gave a brief update on the work of the University's academic-led DORA Task and Finish Group which is considering the guidance being offered by the Wellcome Trust and putting in place a plan for implementing the core principles of DORA.

Slides from this presentation: DORA Open Data October 2020 [PPTX 3.77MB]

Braving the Elements: weathering changes to your Sussex profile and research outputs

Monday 19th October, 10am - 11am

Elements is the University's Current Research Information System. It hosts your public facing University profile, where you can include your biographical details, talk about your research, and deposit open access versions of your work enabling you meet funder requirements. Developing your online profile will increase the visibility of your work expanding the reach of your research and helping to facilitate collaboration. This session will introduce you to Elements and share some tips to help you get started.

For guidance using Elements, please visit our Elements support pages. 


Making your research data available to support your publication

Monday 19th October, 2pm - 3pm

Many journals now ask for research data to be made openly available to support publications. This session will explore options open to 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

Digital Tuesday: Using Open Access Resources For Study

Tuesday 20th October, 11am- 12 noon

You can find many publications, journals, research articles, books and theses that are free to read online. This workshop will introduce you to some tools to help you discover scholarly publications and resources that are freely available to all, and look at techniques for evaluating materials that you find online.

Discover resources that are freely available.

Introduction to Open Access Publishing

Tuesday 20th October, 2pm-3.30pm

This workshop will introduce you to Open Access (OA) publishing and what this means for you as a researcher. The Library Research Support team 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: fact vs fear
  • finding OA material to support your own literature searches

To find out more, visit our Open Access for Researchers pages.

Open Access Week Wikipedia Editathon

Friday 23rd October, 10am- 12 noon

Everyone has the right to knowledge. Celebrate and share your research expertise while improving the world’s most used information source. In this workshop you’ll contribute to the creation and dissemination of open knowledge, and help to address underrepresentation and bias in knowledge. This workshop is for anyone who is interested in learning how to improve diversity on Wikipedia by developing pages on notable women, LGBTQ+ and BAME professionals and underrepresented issues missing from the free and open encyclopaedia.

Learn about the benefits of contributing to Wikipedia in this how-to guide for editors.

These events have been organised by the Library's Research Support team, email: