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Scholarly Communication @ UH Manoa: Open Access News & Events

Scholarly communication news and events for researchers at UH Manoa

What Is Open Access Week?

Open Access Week is an international event providing the global academic and research community the opportunity to learn about and share experiences with Open Access (OA) with the aim of helping to make OA a new norm in scholarship and research.

“Open Access” to information – the free, immediate, online access to the results of scholarly research, and the right to use and re-use those results as you need – has the power to transform the way research and scientific inquiry are conducted. It has direct and widespread implications for academia, medicine, science, industry, and for society as a whole. OA has the potential to maximize research investments, increase the exposure and use of published research, facilitate the ability to conduct research across available literature, and enhance the overall advancement of scholarship.

Open Access Week 2017

October 23-29, 2017

Visit International Open Access Week for more information. Contact us at or to get involved.

Please see our tentative schedule below. More details to come!





Keynote by iVCAA/VCR Michael Bruno, Why Open Access Matters at a R1 Research University

Monday, October 23, 2:00pm
Hamilton Library, Sunny Alcove
*Cookies & coffee provided.*

Please RSVP here.

Presented by Dr. Michael Bruno as the Keynote opening for the 10th Annual International Open Access Week celebration.

IP and the First Amendment - Censoring speech via the Digital Millennium Copyright Act

Tuesday, October 24, 10:00am
Kuykendall Hall, Room 106
*Cookies & coffee provided.*

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Presenter: Debora Halbert

Debora J. Halbert is the Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Professor of Political Science at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa. Over the last few decades, she has written extensively on issues of intellectual property. Halbert is the author of several books and most recently has co-edited the Sage Handbook on Intellectual Property (2014) with Professor Matthew David and has completed a second co-authored book with Professor David for the Sage Swift series entitled Owning the World of Ideas (2015). Her most recent work includes several articles, including "Intellectual Property Theft and National Security: Agendas and Assumptions" in The Information Society (2016), "Intellectual Property and Global Policy" with Matthew David in Global Policy (2016), and "The Curious Case of Monopoly Rights as Free Trade: The TPP and Intellectual Property and Why it Still Matters" in the Journal of Information Policy (2017).

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Open Tools for Research

Tuesday, October 24, 11:30am
Kuykendall Hall, Room 106
*Coffee and pizza provided.*

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Presenters: Beth Tillinghast, Digital Repositories Librarian; Kathleen Luschek, Academic Support Specialist, Library IR; Jennifer Beamer, Digital Initiatives and IT Librarian - ORCID:; Billy Meinke, Open Education Resources Technologist

Graduate Students! It's Open Access Week 2017! Come and learn about a variety of tools to support your open research. Presenters will touch on your institutional repository, the UHM Open Access Policy, open publishing, Creative Commons Licenses, and ORCID identifiers.

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Introduction to Open Educational Resources (OER)

Thursday, October 26, 10:00am
Kuykendall Hall, Room 106
*Cookies and coffee provided.*

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Have you heard of OER, but aren't quite sure what it is or how it works? This workshop will provide an overview of OER, Creative Commons (CC) licenses, and tips for introductory OER reuse. A laptop computer is recommended for participation.

Presenter: Billy Meinke is an instructional designer and open education advocate, currently serving as the OER Technologist for the Outreach College at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa. He formerly worked at Creative Commons, supporting stakeholder in the world's largest OER project, focused on higher education and workforce training. Billy worked in distance education and instructional design before becoming interested in free/open culture, and now spends much of his time looking for new ways to leverage the Web for social good.

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Check out SPARC news for updates on scholarly communication and open access from the Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition.

Perceptions of open access publishing are changing for the better, a survey by Nature Publishing Group and Palgrave Macmillan finds, August 13, 2015

A survey of 22,000 academic researchers by Nature Publishing Group (NPG) and Palgrave Macmillan has found that a decreasing number of authors are concerned about perceptions of the quality of open access publications.

Graduate students adopt Open Access policy for scholarship, May 4, 2015

In a move to expand community and public access to academic research, graduate students at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa have voted in favor of inclusion in the existing faculty Open Access policy to make their scholarly articles available for free to scholars, educators, policymakers and the public worldwide.

Open for Collaboration,Open Access Week 2015, March 4, 2015

SPARC (The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) today announced that the theme for this year’s 8th International Open Access Week will be “Open for Collaboration.”

According to the "State of the Commons" report by Creative Commons, as of November 2014 there are around 882 million works licensed under CC licenses. See: "Next Year, One Billion Works Will Be Free to Use Online," published in the Atlantic on November 20, 2014. See related: "Why Isn't Academic Research Free to Everyone?," published in the Atlantic on November 19, 2014.

In June 2014, PLOS ONE, a peer-reviewed, open access research journal, published its 100,000 article seven years after its launch. You can also read more about PLOS Medicine published author, John Ioannidis whose article, Why Most Published Research Findings Are False, published in August 2005, has now surpassed 1 million views as of April 2014.

On January 17, 2014, Congress passed a spending bill requiring free access to publicly funded research, expanding “the departments mandated by law to share the research they fund . . .  raising the total of federally funded research required to be made open access by $2 billion to $31 billion or just over half the U.S. research funding budget.” See the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014.

The architecture of access to scientific knowledge: just how badly we have messed ths up. Amazing talk at CERN by Lawrence Lessig, April 18, 2011.

"University of California Tries Just Saying No to Rising Journal Costs", by Jennifer Howard, June 8, 2010

The University of California system has said "enough" to the Nature Publishing Group, one of the leading commercial scientific publishers, over a big proposed jump in the cost of the group's journals.

On Tuesday, a  letter went out to all of the university's faculty members from the California Digital Library, which negotiates the system's deals with publishers, and the University Committee on Library and Scholarly Communication. The letter said that Nature proposed to raise the cost of California's license for its journals by 400 percent next year. If the publisher won't negotiate, the letter said, the system may have to take "more drastic actions" with the help of the faculty. Those actions could include suspending subscriptions to all of the Nature Group journals the California system buys access to­ 67 in all, including Nature.

Read the whole article in The Chronicle.

Public Statement from Nature Publishing Group regarding subscription renewals at California Digital Library (CDL), June 9, 2010

Response from the University of California to the Public statement from Nature Publishing Group regarding subscription renewals at the California Digital Library, June 10, 2010

Open Letter on Open Access, September 23, 2009
An article from Inside Higher Ed, universities' support of the Federal Research Access Act of 2009.

Breakthrough on Open Access, September 15, 2009
An article from Inside Higher Ed, describing the 2009 Compact for Open Access Publishing Equity.

Compact for Open-access Publishing Equity for universities committed to "the timely establishment of durable mechanisms for underwriting reasonable publication charges for articles written by its faculty and published in fee-based open-access journals and for which other institutions would not be expected to provide funds." First signed by universities in 2009, with more continuing to join.