Texas Tech University

Open Access Week Awards

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The Texas Tech University Libraries invite applications for the Open Access Week Awards.

About the Awards

Texas Tech University Libraries would like to recognize faculty who have made or are making strides to foster open access in their work. By doing so, faculty bear the banner of Texas Tech University and increase their impact as researchers and educators. Open Access is the free, immediate availability of research articles online, coupled with the rights to use these articles fully in the digital environment (SPARC). Open access can also apply to textbooks, educational materials, data, source code and more. Open works can foster innovation, develop industry, advance scientific knowledge, increase citations and even support student retention.

This award is NOT for publisher fees. For open access grants for publishing fees please visit the Open Access Publication Initiative page.

Purpose of the Program

The purpose of the Open Access Award is to recognize faculty who have made their research open or used open materials in their courses. It is intended to assist faculty when demonstrating the impact of their work.


Open Access Publication Award 
This category recognizes faculty that make an effort to make their work open through self-archiving or through the publisher. 

Open Education Award 
This category recognizes efforts in publishing open educational content such as textbooks, course materials, and lesson plans. 

Open Access Advocacy Award 
This category recognizes efforts such as editing, advocating, giving presentations, and other efforts to support and promote open access. 

Open Data Award 
This category recognizes faculty that work to make their data adhere to FAIR data principles by making their data findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable. 


October 13, 2023