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Open Access Week Challenge 2022: Welcome

What is the Open Access Week Challenge?

The HSHSL is celebrating International Open Access (OA) Week with a 5-day challenge designed to improve discovery of your scholarly work! Each day will involve a brief but meaningful activity, including:

  • Creating an ORCiD and connecting it to your Scopus author profile
  • Locating OA journals in your research area
  • Learning about repositories and data sharing
  • Utilizing MyNCBI

Some days have optional bonus activities if you want to take things a step further. Thanks for participating!

What is Open Access?


The Open Access movement is dedicated to making research freely available to everyone. Without subscription fees creating a barrier to access to the scholarly literature, people are free to "read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles". This allows members of the public, as well as scientists at institutions that cannot afford skyrocketing journal subscription costs, to access important scientific information they may not otherwise have, advancing public understanding of science and speeding the pace of scientific discovery.

What you can do:

  • Choose to publish your research in an OA journal
  • Choose to share your work under an open license, such as Creative Commons
  • Deposit your work in an open repository for your discipline
  • Encourage your colleagues to do all of the above
  • and much more!

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Introduction to Open Access (OA)

USM's Stance on OA