Open Access Week 2017

The University of Salford is celebrating this year's Open Access Week with a pair of lunchtime talks by researchers who are engaging with the wider public by making their research openly accessible. The theme of this year's Open Access Week is "Open in order to..." and each event will look at our researchers' motivations for opening up their research publications and research data and the benefits of openness for audiences beyond academia. Lunch will be provided and staff from the library will be at both events to talk about how they support open research activities at the University and there'll be opportunities for discussion and networking too.

These events are predominantly for staff and students at the University of Salford. However, in the spirit of openness, staff from other institutions and members of the public with an interest in open research are welcome to attend.

We’re also encouraging researchers to share their own motivations for making their work openly available by using the hashtag #SalfordOAWeek. Are you interested in reaching new audiences? Do you want to get your publications cited more? Or are you purely interested in meeting the requirements of your research funders? We want to know! Similarly, we are keen to hear and share any stories you might have about the consequences of opening up your research.

If all of this wasn’t enough, we’re hoping to use Open Access Week to launch the university’s Open Researchers Network (name subject to change). Initially this will take the form of a mailing list: we’ll send you an email every month or so to keep you updated about what’s going on in the world of open research and scholarly communications. Eventually we’d like the network to inform and contribute to our open research advocacy activities and provide a forum for discussing all kinds of open research related topics.

We’re currently taking expressions of interest from PGR students and academic staff. Please complete this form to be included on our mailing list, and do pass this on to any colleagues that you think might also be interested. Any questions, email me at

Open Access Week 2017: Open in order to…

...Dream, Get Creative, Re-Make Nature

With Dr Erinma Ochu, Lecturer in Science Communication and Future Media

Monday October 23rd 2017 – 12pm-1pm
G05, Old Fire Station, The Crescent, Salford, M5 4NL

Beyond making the findings discoverable and accessible to non-academics, what else can be done to broaden the cultural legacy of digital research projects when they are finished? How might the afterlives of digital research be experienced, how, by whom and for what purpose? How might digital data get immersive, fuel people’s imaginations, shape identities, right wrongs? Erinma will illustrate some of the creative ways that staff, students and the public can get involved in bringing scientific research data to life through virtual reality experiences, live performance and citizen science.

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...Share Scholarly Knowledge With a Wide Audience

With Dr Caroline Magennis, Lecturer in Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Literature

Thursday October 26th 2017 – 12pm-1pm
G05, Old Fire Station, The Crescent, Salford, M5 4NL

Caroline will be talking about her work with the Open Library of Humanities, a charitable organisation dedicated to publishing open access scholarship with no author-facing fees. She will discuss ongoing work for the #Agreement20 project, which is a multi-strand academic public engagement project featuring community partners. She will focus on the advantages of OLH's model, particularly the timeliness of the rolling deadline approach for commenting on current political events and its use in engaging the community.

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Any questions? Please contact Stephen Carlton -