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Open Access

Open access is a means of taking advantage of the global reach and relative inexpense of internet publishing to make peer-reviewed scholarly content freely available.

Open Access Week

Open Access Week is an annual program of the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), which organizes global events to promote informed consideration of the potential benefits, complications, and challenges surrounding open access to scholarly information. Open access publications are digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions.

2018 Open Access Week

Updated: Here is a link to Ms. Roh's slides from her presentation on October 26 at USC.

Open Access Week is October 22 to 28. Please set aside some time on Friday afternoon, October 26 for a very interesting discussion as Charlotte Roh, Scholarly Communication Librarian at the University of San Francisco, will be speaking in DML 233 (Intellectual Commons) on:

Open Access isn't Perfect, but Neither is Publishing: The New Landscape of Scholarly Communication as an Opportunity for Social Justice

Ms. Roh writes and speaks on the intersection of social justice and scholarly communication, dealing frankly with issues such as bias, diversity, and the subversion of traditional publishing power structures. In addition to her work in academic libraries, Ms. Roh has spent the last year as a Library Publishing Coalition Fellow working on the Ethical Framework for Library Publishing.  She has an MLIS from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Selected works of Ms. Roh can be found at:


In addition to Ms. Roh's presentation, the Science & Engineering Library will be hosting a display on Open Access in their lobby.


2017 Open Access Event @ USC

The USC Libraries have coordinated a keynote address to bring an important topic to the forefront:


Navigating an Open Access World: Avoiding Publishing in Predatory Journals
Join us for this year's recognition of Open Access!

Jeffrey Beall, University of Colorado, Denver, Scholarly Initiatives Librarian, will give a keynote presentation on the shifting landscape of open access publishing and the threat of predatory publishers. 

This keynote will be followed by a Q&A with respondents offering alternative perspectives to open access publishing.

Monday, October 9th, 2017 in Doheny Memorial Library (DML) 240 at 12:00pm

Please RSVP at the link to reserve a lunch and seat.


2016 Open Access Week Panels

Events will be held at Doheny Memorial Library (DML) & Norris Medical Library


Monday, October 24, 2016 

10:30 am – 11:30 am, DML 241 (Doheny Memorial Library)

Open Access, Archives, and the Digital

This panel will pertain to the stakes in open access, as it relates to archives and digital culture in the humanities. As liaisons and generators of information between regulated spaces and the public, these panelists will discuss how information can be shared and accessible to the individual, no matter their status as professor or student or otherwise. What does it mean to their field to support open access and why does it matter? 


  • Virginia Kuhn, Associate Professor in Media Arts + Practice Division and Associate Director of the Institute for Multimedia Literacy
  • Andrew Justice, Head of the Music Library
  • Brett Service, Curator of the Warner Bros. Archives at USC

Moderated by Eszter Zimanyi, PhD candidate, Cinema & Media Studies

Coffee and tea will be available



Monday, October 24, 2016

Friends of USC Libraries Lecture Hall (DML 240)

Lunch and Learn: 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

(lunch delivered at 11:30 and the panel starts at 12:00 p.m.)

Open Access Publishing in the Social Sciences and Humanities: USC Faculty Perspectives

This panel will explore the reasons why scholars in the humanities and social sciences support open access publishing. How are USC faculty contributing to open access initiatives? How might contributing to open access journals, and monographs reshape the practice of scholarship, tenure and education? How can libraries support and promote open access publishing? The panelists will discuss these and other questions related to the challenges and benefits of evolving scholarly communication practices.




Wednesday, October 26th 

10:30 am – 11:30 am, DML 240

Open Educational Resources (OER)

Join USC Libraries faculty to discuss open education resources (OER) and how they can be used to allow for open teaching, learning, and research. Open educational resources (OER) are freely accessible, openly licensed documents and media used for teaching, learning, and assessing as well as for research purposes. Universities across the country are replacing costly textbooks with OER materials in their curriculum to promote ‘open’ resources and also for cost savings for students. In California, the state-wide Textbook Affordability Act (AB798) promises to expand the use of OER materials and provide professional development to professors who choose to use the free materials. The law and changing trends have implications for professors, students, and librarians at USC. 

  • John Juricek, Collections Strategist Librarian
  • Caroline Muglia, Collection Assessment Librarian
  • Melanee Vicedo, Head, Education & Social Work Library Services

Coffee and tea will be available



Wednesday, October 26th 

12 – 2 PM, DML 240

Scholarly Publishing and Open Access

Join Sabbi Lall and a panel for a discussion of scholarly publishing and open access from the perspective of the publisher and editors. The panel of experts  will answer your publishing questions. Lunch will be served. 

Sabbi Lall has worked at Cell Reports for 5 years. She helped launch the journal, the first Open Access journal within Cell Press and went on to take the reins as Editor-in-Chief in 2014. Before that she was a Senior editor at Nature Publishing group for 5 years and a post-doc in Dr. Rajewsky’s lab at New York University after gaining her PhD in Biochemistry at the University of Oxford/Cancer Research UK.

Lunch will be served. 




Thursday,  October 27th, 2016


West Conference Room - Norris Medical Library (Health Sciences Campus)

Tech Lunch Series

Close Only Counts in Horseshoes and Slow Dancing: Open Access Options

Have you ever tried accessing a journal article and been asked to pay $20, $50, or even more for a PDF? Have you ever found the perfect article in PubMed only to find out the library didn’t subscribe to that journal? Then open access might be your new favorite thing! Open access is a movement to use current technologies to share information to further progress science and research.  We'll talk about locating open access journals, how open access connects to NIH and NSF funding, discounts available to USC authors, and how to figure out which journals are open access and which are just plain predatory.

Pizza and bottled water will be provided

No RSVP required