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Library celebrates Open Access Week 2020 with free workshops

The theme for Open Access Week 2020 is "Open With Purpose."

International Open Access Week is Oct. 19-25, 2020. Organized by the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), Open Access Week is an opportunity for the global academic and research communities to learn more about and share with others the benefits of open access to information. Delivering information through open access venues speeds discovery, increases use and facilitates the flow of knowledge around the world.

Learn more about how you can benefit from and contribute to open access resources and initiatives by participating in the UIC University Library’s free Open Access Week workshops:

Open Access Publishing with INDIGO – UIC’s Institutional Repository

This workshop will cover the basics of using INDIGO, UIC’s Institutional Repository. INDIGO collects, disseminates, and provides persistent and reliable access to the research and scholarship of faculty, staff and students at the University of Illinois Chicago. Faculty, staff, and graduate students can deposit their research and scholarship – unpublished and, in many cases, published – directly into INDIGO. Departments can use INDIGO to distribute their working papers, data sets, technical reports or other research material. Contact us for more information at

Oct. 20, 2020 at 10 a.m.


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Oct. 22, 2020 at 10 a.m.


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Scholarly Publishing: Selecting scholarly publishing venues to maximize your impact while avoiding “predatory publishers”

Do you wonder how to select a journal in which to publish or wonder about the quality of a journal? This session will demonstrate tools to identify potential journals in your field, how to determine impact factors for journals (Journal Citation Reports, Scimago), how to find where a journal is indexed for dissemination and tools to evaluate the quality of journals. Reputable, peer-reviewed Open Access journals are on the rise, but so are “predatory publishers” that charge publication fees but do little in terms of peer review. Tips and tools to identify legitimate open access journals and avoid predatory publishers will be covered.

Oct. 20, 2020 at 2 p.m.


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Open Access and Open Education Resources (OER) Search Tools

This workshop will cover:

  • What is open access and open education resources
  • Search tools like Open Access Button, Unpaywall and OASIS to find open access material for research and teaching
  • Resources available at UIC for sharing open access research

Oct. 21, 2020 at 2 p.m.


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