Past Events

Online via Zoom
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Monday, October 26, 2020 - 3:00pm

D-Scholarship@Pitt is a tool for Pitt scholars to openly share their research work, including articles, preprints, conference presentations, posters, datasets, and more. Find out what D-Scholarship@Pitt can do to make your work Open and increase discoverability and the impact of all of your scholarly work. Participants will learn how to access D-Scholarship@Pitt, how to create a new deposit, and how to see the impact of their scholarship after sharing it openly.  

Register for the session here to receive Zoom connection information.

Online via Zoom
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Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Friday, October 23, 2020 - 1:00pm

In recent years, citizen science has become an established practice for distributing scientific labor as well as engaging with the public. These projects often involve open data, open methods, and often the results are made available to the public in some way. In this workshop, we’ll explore some exemplars, discuss pedagogical applications and potential concerns, and maybe even try some hands-on citizen science activities.

Register here for online workshop connection information. 

Online via Zoom
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Wednesday, October 21, 2020 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

Whether you’re submitting to a journal for the first time, interested in learning about the peer review process, or considering joining a journal’s editorial team, this workshop will provide an overview of how the scholarly/academic publishing process works and what to expect when acting as an author, reviewer, editor, or journal manager. You’ll learn common tools and terminology you’ll encounter in scholarly publishing and what skills will help you succeed in each of these roles.

Sign up here for connection information via Zoom. 

Online via Zoom
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Wednesday, October 21, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Are you curious about how open access publishing works? This class will provide an overview of the elements of different open access models. Funder open access policies and public access mandates for research will also be discussed. We’ll also introduce some guidelines and resources for assessing the quality of open access journals, in addition to ways to identify and avoid predatory publishers.

University of Pittsburgh faculty, staff, and students can register for the event at the HSLS website here.

Digital Scholarship Commons
G-49 Hillman Library
3960 Forbes Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Tuesday, October 29, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Are you seeking new ways to use Zotero? Do you have a favorite Zotero add-on or tool that you would like to share? Join fellow Zotero users for a session highlighting and sharing advanced Zotero functionalities for organizing, citing, and managing references within Zotero. Participants will have an opportunity to share their Zotero tips and tricks as well as practice new ways to use Zotero. Light refreshments will be provided. Please register so we can plan for seating and refreshments.


Amy Knapp Room, Hillman Library G-74
3960 Forbes Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Get up to speed with the Open Access movement in this one-hour workshop. We will start with a definition and cover the latest updates such as Plan S, hybrid publishing, and new journals and publishing platforms for Open Access. We will also demonstrate tools and services that make Open Access work for scholars such as Unpaywall, the Open Access Button, SHERPA/RoMEO, and more. 

Register here.

Hillman Library Ground Floor
3960 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Tuesday, October 22, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Magnifying glass looking at a page from a journal, image by NiabotHave you received a mysterious invitation to publish in a journal you haven't heard of? Did someone read that paper you co-authored two years ago and is now asking you to contribute to a special issue? Are you seeking a journal for your article? Wondering what makes a journal "open access"? 

Bring your case to the Journal Inspectors. They will help you avoid journal scams and identify quality journals for your scholarship. You can also help the Journal Inspectors by identifying fake publication outlets that prey on unassuming scholars and spread the word. Find the Journal Inspectors at a table on the ground floor of Hillman Library near the Donald S. Wood Service Desk. 

Hillman Library - Conference Room 272
3960 Forbes Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Tuesday, October 30, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

The United Nations has recognized internet access as a basic human right. This moderated roundtable event aims to foster conversations about different approaches to ensuring the public access to information. Perspectives from the social sciences, law, and information technology will shape the dialogue about how human rights thinking about communications and technology has evolved since 1948 when the UDHR was signed. What does the right to the internet mean in practice? How do movements like the Open Access movement help advance the realization of this right? Why is this right important for democracy, social cohesion, and human rights, and how does the human right to internet access relate to our work as researchers and learners?


This event is part of the Year of Pitt Global.


Hillman Library - Amy Knapp Room (G-74)
3960 Forbes Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Tuesday, October 30, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

How do you get more citations, reach a broader audience, and ensure long-term preservation of your work? The best way is to make your work Open through self-archiving! In celebration of Open Access Week 2018, join us to explore the best practices of self-archiving: your rights as an author, best locations to self-archive your work, and how to maximize the benefits to you and the research community. Learn the considerations for posting preprints and postprints, and the different uses for a website, institutional repository, and commercial sharing sites like and ResearchGate. 

Register for this event. 

O'Hara Center Dining Room
4024 O'Hara St
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Opportunities to share scholarly work in the form of preprints (drafts of papers in advance of publication) have grown exponentially in recent years. New discipline-based preprint servers are joining long-standing repositories, offering scholars many opportunities to share their work. What is the impact of this proliferation of preprints on science, research, and critical inquiry? How have these new outlets for sharing scholarship changed the practice of researchers, scholars, and students?  

Join us for a special Open Access Week event celebrating preprints and the democratization of scholarship. We will discuss the history of the preprint, its role in accelerating the pace of scholarship, and the future of scholarship with more results and inquiries being shared in new and evolving mediums. The event will feature a keynote from Dr. Steinn Sigurdsson, Scientific Director of arXiv, followed by a panel discussion by scholars engaged in the act of creating, sharing, and disseminating preprints. Attendees will be encouraged to share their experience with preprints and their own work. Light refreshments will be served. 


Keynote Presenter:

Dr. Steinn Sigurdsson 
Scientific Director, arXiv
Professor of Astrophysics
Pennsylvania State University


Dr. Sigurdsson did his doctorate in theoretical physics at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, California. He then worked as a researcher at the University of California at Santa Cruz, and the Institute of Astronomy and King’s College at Cambridge University in England. Steinn is a member of the Institute for Gravitation and the Cosmos and the Center for Exoplanets and Habitable Worlds, and the Penn State Astrobiology Research Center. He works on a range of topics in astrophysics and related areas, ranging from cosmology, large scale dynamics and black holes, to formation and evolution of planets, and the prospects for discovering non-terrestrial life. He has been a member of the board of the Aspen Center for Physics since 2010 and is currently a Trustee of the Aspen Center for Physics. He was appointed the Scientific Director of arXiv in 2017. 


Dr. John D. Norton
Co-founder of the PhilSci-Archive, a preprint server for the disciplines of Philosophy of Science  
Distinguished Professor and Chair
Department of History and Philosophy of Science
University of Pittsburgh


Dr. Ansuman Chattopadhyay
Creator of search.bioPreprint
Assistant Director
Molecular Biology Information Service
Health Sciences Library System, University of Pittsburgh



Dr. Lauren B. Collister
Office of Scholarly Communication and Publishing
University Library System
University of Pittsburgh