• Open Access (OA) literature is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions. What makes it possible is the internet and the consent of the author or copyright-holder.
  • Open Access is compatible with copyright, peer review, revenue (even profit), print, preservation, prestige, quality, career-advancement, indexing, and other features and supportive services associated with conventional scholarly literature.

  • Peter Suber, "Open Access Overview," 2004 (revised 2010)

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    Events for Open Access Week 2014 @ Pitt.

    October 20-26, 2014
    Every third week in October, Pitt joins with hundreds of institutions worldwide to commemorate Open Access Week, a global event promoting Open Access as a new norm in scholarship and research. The following events are part of this year’s celebrations—

    Historic Pittsburgh Fair

    Tuesday, October 21
    1 to 5 pm
    University Club, Ballroom B

    Come meet the partners behind the Historic Pittsburgh digital collection and learn about future plans for this open educational resource.

    Keynote speakers—including Steve Mellon, a writer for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and Angelique Bamberg, adjunct professor of history of art and architecture at Pitt—will describe how they have used the collection and the ways that its offerings have been crucial to their research.

    Local experts will also be on hand to discuss and demonstrate how to get started on local history research and representatives from many Historic Pittsburgh partner institutions will be available to answer your questions.

    Culture Change in Academia: Making Sharing the New Norm

    Keynote speaker: Erin McKiernan, researcher in experimental and computational neuroscience and Open Access advocate; panel of University of Pittsburgh faculty members

    Wednesday, October 22
    3 pm to 4:30 pm
    University Club, Ballroom B

    Join a lively discussion by Erin McKiernan, an early career neuroscientist and a leading advocate for Open Access and Open Science. McKiernan will explore the powerful, positive benefits of openness in scholarly research, the tension between personal success as a researcher and Open Science, and the need for reform in our academic evaluation and incentive systems.

    A panel discussion featuring members of the University of Pittsburgh academic community will follow.

    The Challenge of Openness and Transparency in Scholarly Communication

    Panel presentation featuring: Maryann Martone, Executive Director, Force11; Peter Binfield, Founder, PeerJ; Rachel Burley, Vice President and Director, Open Access, John Wiley & Sons, Inc.; and Jennifer Lin, Senior Project Manager, Public Library of Sciences (PLoS)

    Wednesday, October 29
    4:30 to 6 pm
    6115 Gates Hillman, Carnegie Mellon University

    A distinguished panel representing both traditional and Open Access publishing interests will discuss drivers and barriers to openness and transparency in scholarly communication.

    Cohosted by the University Libraries of Carnegie Mellon University and the University Library System, University of Pittsburgh.

    All information subject to change.

    This is Pitt’s 4th year of celebrating Open Access Week. Be sure to take a look at past programs and activities we’ve held.