Open Access Week at McGill 2021

Monday, October 25, 2021toSunday, October 31, 2021
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International Open Access Week brings the scholarly community together in the hopes of making Open Access a new norm in scholarship and research.

From managing research data to open education resources, predatory publishing to open science, McGill Library is programming a series of virtual workshops in support of International Open Access Week and the growing OA movement designed to make research more widely available and increase its impact. Visit the Open Access Week Guide for more information.

This year's theme, It Matters How We Open Knowledge: Building Structural Equity, "aligns with the recently released UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science, of which Open Access is a crucial component." Learn more about the theme in a recent blog post.

Events Calendar

Monday, October 25 at 12:00pm EST (75 minutes) on Zoom

The Future is Open: Becoming an Open Researcher

Heard about open access, open data, open science but not sure where to start? How can one become an ‘open’ researcher by design? This 90-minute workshop will review how to be an open researcher throughout the entire research cycle.

Topics covered include:

  • Data management practices
  • Open access publishing

Online (REGISTER to receive Zoom link)

Monday, October 25 at 2:00 pm EST (60 minutes) on Zoom

Predatory publishing: What is it and how to avoid it

A January 2017 article in University Affairs wrote “Beware! Academics are getting reeled in scam journals”. The article highlighted some of the common fears and concerns surrounding publishing in today’s academic landscape.

This leads many graduate students and faculty to wonder: how can you tell what’s a credible publication or conference? Is this a legitimate solicitation to publish my thesis or a scam? This 60-minute session will discuss predatory publishing, how to identify a legitimate publisher, what resources are available to help researchers on-campus as well as the common myths and perceptions surrounding Open Access.

Online (REGISTER to receive Zoom link)

Tuesday, October 26 at 12:00pm EST (45 minutes) on Zoom

Instructor Guide: Locating and using free and open materials for your course

Are you an instructor looking for free and affordable materials (articles, textbooks etc.) for your class but don’t know where to start? This 45 minute workshop will review the Library’s course linking, scanning, and course reserve service for instructors as well as provide an introduction to finding and using Open Educational Resources (OERs) and open textbooks.

Online (REGISTER to receive Zoom link)

Tuesday, October 26 at 2:00pm EST (45 minutes) on Zoom

Publishing Data with the McGill Dataverse

This webinar will provide an overview and demonstration of publishing data to the McGill University Dataverse. The McGill Dataverse is provided by the Library as a local solution for research data management and archiving. McGill faculty, students, and staff are welcome to deposit datasets. All data are stored securely on servers located in Canada. Data can be publicly accessible, available to specific individuals, or private/restricted. Participants will learn about the open-source Dataverse project in the Canadian context and how to participate in the pilot project.

For more information about the McGill Dataverse, please see: https://www.mcgill.ca/library/services/data-services/sharing/dataverse

Online (REGISTER to receive Zoom link)

Thursday, October 28 at 10:00am EST on Zoom


Interested in building an open and public CV that integrates automatically updates your publications and even integrates with certain scholarly services? If yes, then join us for an ORCID-a-thon.

During this ORICD marathon, you are invited to create or build your ORCID profiles with the help of librarians from the McGill Library. Join us when you can for however long you can.

Online (REGISTER to receive Zoom link)

Thursday, October 28 at 12:00pm EST (60 minutes) on Zoom

Open Access Scholarly Books: Demystifying the Publishing Process

Dedicated open access book publishers are still not that common, although some academic publishers have established various kinds of non-profit and for-profit open access programs. Open access journal publishing is more prevalent and as a result more of us understand the article publishing process. This talk will discuss different kinds of open access programs and then present the key stages of the scholarly book publication process: proposal, peer review, funding applications, copyediting, proofreading, indexing, and printing. Please join Ryan Van Huijstee, Acquisitions Editor at Concordia University Press, for this enlightening presentation and be sure to bring your questions. The intended audience is graduate students, postdocs, and first-time authors, but everyone is welcome!

Online (REGISTER to receive Zoom link)


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