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Open Access Week: 2023 Events Calendar

Open Access week brings the scholarly community together in the hopes of making Open Access a new norm in scholarship and research.

2023 Events Calendar Workshops being offered from Oct 23-Oct 31


McGill Library Workshops

and selected International Open Access Week Events



Monday, October 23

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Predatory Publishing, Open Access, and ORCID

Many graduate students and faculty 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 75-minute session will discuss the common myths and perceptions surrounding Open Access as well as predatory publishing, how to identify a legitimate publisher, and what resources are available to help researchers on-campus.

  • Time: 12:00pm - 1:30pm
  • Location: Macdonald Campus Library eZone
  • Campus: Macdonald Campus Library

Wednesday, October 25

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Copyright for your Thesis: Getting and Giving Permissions 

This workshop offers practical answers to common questions related to copyright issues that are asked by McGill graduate students who prepare their thesis for submission.

How to get permissions to include third-party materials in the thesis? Who has the copyright for the submitted thesis? Do you have to ask for a permission to  publish  your defended thesis or its parts as an  article(s) or a book? Is it possible to withhold  the thesis from being made public in the McGill online repository?

Wednesday, October 25

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Making Methods Move: Toward Protocol Sharing Across the Disciplines

Missing or inaccessible information about the methods used in scholarly research can slow the pace of discovery. Yet less attention has been paid to the sharing of detailed methods information than to other Open Science practices like data sharing or preprint posting. Drawing on survey research and large-scale analysis of recent scientific publications, this talk makes the case for step-by-step protocols as a format that can foster research quality, efficiency, and equity in a wide variety of research fields, including the humanities and social sciences. Highlighting diverse use cases from replication to abductive reuse, the talk discusses interactions with other tools such as persistent identifiers, considers limit cases, and explores opportunities for approaching protocols as first-class scholarly outputs.

This event is co-sponsored by the University of British Columbia, Okanagan Library and the Collaborative + Experimental Ethnography Lab ( with support from SSHRC.

Speaker: Marcel LaFlamme, Open Research Manager at the scientific publisher PLOS

  • Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm
  • Location: Online

Thursday, October 26

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Imaging Neuroscience & community over commercialization: An OA week panel

Join MIT Libraries and the MIT Press for an online panel with the editor of Imaging Neuroscience, a new open access journal that launched after editorial teams from two Elsevier journals left the publisher over disputes around the high cost for authors.

We’ll explore some of the benefits and challenges of moving a journal from a large, commercial publisher to a non-profit university press, and how the new journal better prioritizes the interests of this community.

The webinar is part of MIT's celebration of Open Access Week, whose theme this year asks us to think about what's lost when a shrinking number of corporations control knowledge production rather than researchers themselves.


  • Stephen Smith, professor of biomedical engineering at the University of Oxford and editor-in-chief of Imaging Neuroscience
  • Nick Lindsay, journals and open access director at MIT Press
  • Moderated by Katharine Dunn, scholarly communications librarian at MIT

  • Time: 11:00am - 12:00pm
  • Location: This is an online event. Event URL will be sent via registration email.

Thursday, October 26

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For Open Science, Not For Profit

The 2023 theme of International Open Access Week is “Community over Commercialization”. This theme particularly resonates with Canadian Science Publishing (CSP), a not-for-profit and community-focused scholarly publisher. In this informative and interactive webinar, CSP's team will provide an overview of open science (OS) and open access (OA), including key terminology and context, considerations around the benefits and remaining barriers associated with OA, and a discussion reflecting on this year’s OA Week theme. The session will conclude with an overview of recent OS and OA policies both internationally and within Canada, including the recent developments surrounding the Tri-Agency’s revised open access publishing policy, and a view for what the future may hold.

Given by Canadian Science Publishing

  • Time: 1:00pm - 2:00pm
  • Location: This is an online event. Registration required.

Tuesday October 31 

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(Cancelled) Making your work open access (psst: it doesn’t have to cost money)

Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, the workshop “How to make your work open access: Psst it doesn’t to cost money” is cancelled.

View a past recording of the workshop as well as updated slides. 

Note: two pieces of information are updated in the slides (the FRQ’s revised OA policy, see slides 7-9, as well as the addition of an OA agreement with Wiley (slide 23).

The academic community has recently seen a sweep of support for open access, particularly from funding agencies. In Canada, the Tri-Agencies (CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC) and the Fonds de recherche du Québec (FRQ) have released open access policies for publications arising from grant-funded research. 

This presentation will review how grant-holders can make their work open access and the on-campus supports assist researchers in this endeavour. Trends in scholarly publishing will also be briefly discussed.


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