Texas Tech University

International Open Access Week

What is Open Access?

Open Access literature is digital, online and free of charge. It upholds standards of peer review, copyright, quality, prestige and research impact. Common benefits of open access include increased citation rate, sharing with colleagues on a global scale, faster impact and more copyright freedom. For more information about open access, visit the Open Access research guide: guides.library.ttu.edu/openaccess.

What is Open Access Week?

Open Access Week is an international week of action that takes place all over the world in late October. This year it will be held from Oct. 24 - 30. SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) announced that the theme for 2016 will be "Open in Action." The theme highlights researchers, librarians, students and others who have made a commitment to working in the open.

The Library will host a panel of TTU researchers sharing their experience from 1-3 p.m. Oct. 25 in TLPDC Room 151 (register here). Refreshments will be served at an informal reception 3:30-5 p.m. Oct. 28 in Library Room 309. The reception will also feature presentations about Library services and information about a bill currently in congress to grant fair access to research and technology.

A History of Open Access at Texas Tech

Texas Tech University Faculty Senate Resolution on Library Open Access
Faculty Senate passed a resolution in 2009, urging all faculty to deposit, preprint or postprint copies of articles in a university‚Äźsponsored digital repository, such as ThinkTech. The Faculty Senate also urges all faculty to negotiate with the journals in which they publish to either retain copyright rights or to retain at a minimum the right of postprint archiving.

Campus Services

Texas Tech University Open Access Initiative
In an initiative to support publication in open access journals, a fund of $25,000 has been allocated by the Office of the Vice President for Research. This fund is to be used to help authors defray the cost of open access publication fees.

CV Review Service
Got a busy schedule? The Office of Scholarly Communication can review your CV for publisher copyright policies to see if past publications can be made openly available through an institutional or subject repository, such as ThinkTech.

ThinkTech is an online publishing and archival service provided by the University Libraries for the Texas Tech University community. Scholars can use ThinkTech to distribute and archive their scholarly works, including indexing in Google Scholar. There are no limitations on content or format.