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Library to host Open Access Week 2019 activities

International Open Access Week is Oct. 21-27, 2019. 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 Open Access Week activities:

Webinar: 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 publisher” 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.  Authors rights will also be covered.

Date: Wed., Oct. 23, 2019
Time: 1 – 2 p.m.
Attend Webex

Webinar: Deep Dive into Locating Open Educational Resources

This webinar will cover several databases of open educational resources, describe the strengths and weaknesses of their collections, how to search the databases and provide resources for evaluating the quality of the OER material.

Date: Thurs., Oct. 24, 2019
Time: 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Attend Webex

Open Access Week 2019 Escape Room

Sign up to play the 2019 Open Access Week escape room! This escape room is a physical adventure game where you will attempt to solve a series of puzzles and riddles using clues, hints and strategy to ‘escape’ the room, all while learning about the importance of Open Access.

Date: Fri., Oct. 25, 2019
Location: Richard J. Daley Library, Room 1-461
Time: 12 – 5 p.m.
Don’t miss your chance to play-sign up now! Only five one-hour time slots available! We recommend that you have a party of 2-3 people to play.

Sign up for escape room

To learn more about Open Access and Scholarly Communication at UIC, visit

For more information about the Library’s Open Access Week 2019 activities, email Janet Swatcheno at

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