Open Access Week 2017

An important topic to many of us at the University Libraries is the sustainability of the scholarly publishing system. We care about the affordability and accessibility of research not just to USC affiliates, but to the larger research and learning community. That’s why we’re celebrating Open Access Week 2017 by focusing on the theme selected by the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC): “Open in order to…“.

What does “Open in order to…” actually mean? To me, it means examining the practical implications of making research openly available. It goes beyond the theoretical concept of “open access,” with all of its positives and negatives, to celebrate what can actually be accomplished when research is not only free, but can be adapted and built-upon by others.

During Open Access Week 2017, we’ll give a number of researchers the opportunity to discuss what publishing openly has allowed them to accomplish. The library is hosting two events in celebration of Open Access Week:

Increase the Impact of Your Research and Share Your Work by Retaining Your Rights

October 24, 11 am – 12 pm, Thomas Cooper Library Room 412 (Level 4)

Register to attend:

Did you know that when you publish in traditional journals, you are typically required to transfer your copyright to the publisher? The publisher then decides how you may share your research with colleagues, students, and others. Join us to learn how to scrutinize publication agreements, negotiate your rights to make your research more widely available, and find publishers with unrestrictive copyright policies.

Faculty Panel: Open in Order to…

October 26, 11 am – 12 pm, Thomas Cooper Library Scholar’s Corner (Main floor)

Please join us for a panel discussion of USC faculty on publishing open research. Each panelist will discuss the tangible benefits and potential pitfalls of making their research openly available. No registration is necessary.


Steven Rodney, Department of Physics and Astronomy
Lisa Bailey, Darla Moore School of Business
Patrick Scott, Department of English Language and Literature
Susan R. Rathbun-Grubb, School of Library and Information Science

For more information on Open Access Week 2017, please visit

-Contributed by Amie Freeman


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