Open Access Week

Open Access Week - Oct. 21 - 27

Open Access Week is your opportunity to explore the benefits of open access and learn how to take advantage of open access publishing. All are welcome!


Before You Sign: Know Your Academic Publishing Rights

This hands-on workshop empowers participants to understand and exercise their rights as authors. Attendees will have an opportunity to compare publication agreements, learn about tools and best practices for self-archiving, and explore open access publishing options.

Putting Together Your Data Management Plan (DMP)

In this workshop, you will learn the basics of RDM best practices and receive hands-on assistance drafting a Data Management Plan using Portage's DMP Assistant. You'll leave empowered with knowledge of RDM best practices and a working document to guide you in quality research data collection.

Academic Panel

Open access to academic research is rapidly becoming the norm, not the exception. Join members of the Provost's Task Force on Open Access and Scholarly Communication to hear their experiences and perspectives on open access. Come with questions about open access and thoughts on how Western can best use open access to share knowledge for the benefit of society.


  • Joyla Furlano, Vice-President, Society of Graduate Students, and PhD candidate in Neuroscience
  • Kristin Hoffmann, Research and Scholarly Communication Librarian, Western Libraries
  • Katina Pollock, Associate Professor, Faculty of Education
  • Sam Trosow, Associate Professor, Faculty of Information & Media Studies, and Faculty of Law

Film Screening

Paywall: The Business of Scholarship is a documentary which focuses on the need for open access to research and science. The film questions the rationale behind the $25.2 billion a year that flows into for-profit academic publishers, examines the 35-40 per cent profit margin associated with the top academic publisher, Elsevier, and looks at how that profit margin is often greater than some of the most profitable tech companies such as Apple, Facebook, and Google.

Free popcorn!

Photo and Video Consent

Western Libraries will be shooting photos and video at these events that will be used for future promotional purposes related to Western Libraries, Western University, and our events. By attending these events, attendees consent to their image being used for such purposes. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Julie Kiser, 519-661-2111 x81441.