Skip to main content

FAU Libraries' Scholarly Communication Program: Open Access Week 2016

“As Open Access becomes a more and more familiar concept, we must focus on the small steps everyone can take to make openness in research a reality. This year’s theme will help showcase these actions, the individuals who are leading by example, and the ways this openness advances science and scholarship.”

-- Heather Joseph, Executive Director of SPARC

Open Access initiatives supported by the FAU Libraries:


FAU  is a member of SCOAP3, Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics,  a  partnership of libraries, funding agencies and research centers in 44 countries that has converted key high-energy physics journals to Open Access at no cost to authors. In this unique model SCOAP3 centrally pays the publishers for costs involved in open access publishing, and in return the publishers reduce the subscription fees of their customers.


FAU Libraries is a member of SPARC, a global coalition committed to making Open the default for research and education.


FAU is a partner of the HathiTrust Digital Library, a partnership of major academic and research libraries collaborating to compile a massive digital library of published scholarship. As a benefit of the HathiTrust partnership, FAU users are able to download available ebooks by signing in with their FAUNet ID.



October 24 - 30, 2016

Open Access Week is a global event that promotes Open Access initiatives and raises awareness of issues concerning the open dissemination of scholarship. This year the FAU Libraries will introduce student and faculty researchers to opportunities offered by Open Access.

Schedule of Events 

October 24, 2016
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Wimberly Library, Room 136

Presentation:  An Introduction to Open Access
Presenters:   Jane Strudwick, Director of Scholarly Communication, FAU Libraries; Joanne Parandjuk, Head, Digital Library; Zach English, Collection Development Librarian; Dr. Sheri Edwards, Reference and Instruction Librarian

View "Introduction to Open Access" presentation slides.

October 26, 2016
10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Wimberly Library, Room 136

Presentation:  NISO/ICSTI Joint Webinar: Enabling Innovations for Researcher Workflows and Scholarly Communication. The library will be live-streaming a National Information Standards Organization (NISO) and International Council for Scientific and Technical Information (ICSTI) sponsored webinar.

To request webinar recording, contact Jane Strudwick for the link and password.


October 28, 2016
2:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Wimberly Library, Room 501

Smart Publishing in an Open Access World

  • 2:00  – 3:00  Predatory  Journals: What are they and how can you tell?
    Presenter: Amanda Chiplock, Senior Medical Librarian

    View "Predatory  Journals: What are they and how can you tell?presentation slide.

  • 3:00  – 4:00  Open Access Scholarship in the Humanities:  Your Rights and Incentives/Responsibilities
    ‚ÄčPresenter: Jeffrey Galin, Director of FAU’s Community Center for Excellence in Writing

  • 4:00 - 5:00 Discussion and Refreshments

For more information, contact Jane Strudwick, Director of Scholarly Communication.

Open in Action

What is Open Access?

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.

In most fields, scholarly journals do not pay authors, who can therefore consent to OA without losing revenue. In this respect scholars and scientists are very differently situated from most musicians and movie-makers, and controversies about OA to music and movies do not carry over to research literature.

OA is entirely compatible with peer review, and all the major OA initiatives for scientific and scholarly literature insist on its importance. Just as authors of journal articles donate their labor, so do most journal editors and referees participating in peer review. Read More>>

Excerpted from A Very Brief Introduction to Open Access, by Peter Suber, licensed under CC BY 3.0

Open in Action at FAU Libraries

FAU Digital Repository

FAU's digital repository supports open access to scholarly content by providing access to the creative and scholarly works produced by FAU student, faculty, and researchers. If you are you interested in contributing your work to the Digital Library please contact

FAU Open Access Journals

FAU Digital Library provides services to help create and publish peer-reviewed, open-access scholarly journals. Broward Legacy, Democratic Communique, FAU Undergraduate Research Journal, FAU Undergraduate Law Journal, Journal of Coastal Research, The Florida GeographerFor more information see FAU Digital Library Open Journal Publishing Service or contact