Open Access Week, held from 23 – 29 October 2023, is an opportunity to explore how research and teaching knowledge is being shared at La Trobe. Open Access Week is held annually to encourage the open sharing of knowledge to address important social issues and transform the way research is conducted.
This year’s theme, “Community over commercialisation”, encourages conversation about how to prioritise the interests of the public and academic community in open scholarship, and to ensure research is available to everyone.
There are several events taking place for Open Access Week in 2023, both at La Trobe and externally.
Open Access Week events at La Trobe
Open Access @ La Trobe workshop
Learn about the benefits of Open Access publishing and the options available to you.
When: Wednesday 25 October, 10 – 11 am.
Panel discussion: How open pedagogy can supercharge authentic assessment – launching Making Public Histories
Learn how open pedagogy can empower student autonomy and community meaning-making through the renewable assessment model. This event will launch the new La Trobe eBureau book Making Public Histories, an open educational resource (OER) co-constructed in a variety of digital mediums by History academics and students at La Trobe University.
The book launch will feature discussions with the academic co-editors, student authors and open publishers about how they collaborated across departments to create a resource that enables accessible contributions to debates on public histories in Australia.
When: Thursday 26 October, 12.00 pm – 12.45 pm
Open Access Australasia also has a range of events on this year’s theme, including how to make research more open and accessible, responsible use, impact and the current open landscape.
How the Library can help
Open Access publishing has many benefits – for the researcher, publisher and wider community. It can increase accessibility and visibility of your research outputs, boost citation rates, encourage open sharing of knowledge, ensure compliance with funder requirements and benefit the University as a whole.
As a researcher at La Trobe, you can get information and support on Open Access publishing through the Library. We have a variety of Open Access platforms and agreements in place and can provide advice on where and how to publish your work.
If you’re interested in Open Access publishing but don’t know where to start, check out our new Open Scholarship page or contact the Library Researcher Liaison team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or submitting a research query.