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21 October 2015

To mark International Open Access Week, UCL is highlighting the benefits of sharing its research with fellow academics and members of the public.

International Open Access Week logo

Celebrated by scholars and institutions around the world, the event helps to raise awareness of the need for free access to vital and often ground-breaking research in order to help educate and empower individuals, communities and society.

This year’s theme, ‘Open for Collaboration’ seeks to showcase how Open Access can inspire and progress research, as well as help to create partnerships between communities and policy makers who stand to benefit from the practical outcomes of this work.

A UCL idea shared

More than two million journals were downloaded from UCL’s Open Access library, UCL Discovery, in 2014, across multiple subject areas, including Engineering, Medicine, Social Sciences and Law. In the Faculty of Arts & Humanities, research has been shared on a variety of topics including feminism, philosophy and social housing and policy; important research that can be of benefit to the wider world.

Open Access at UCL helps support its mission to integrate its education, research, innovation and enterprise for the long-term benefit of humanity. See what some of UCL’s researchers have to say about the importance of being an open institution.

Open all access

As well as promoting its Open Access library, UCL is running an Open Access Conference on Thursday 21 October, to bring academics together to discuss the open access landscape and how it’s evolving.

Speakers at the event include, Dr Alma Swan, former Director of European Advocacy for the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC). Dr Swan has undertaken major projects investigating open access and provides a Europe-wide perspective. Also joining the panel will be Dr Martin Paul Eve, senior lecturer in Literature, Technology and Publishing at Birkbeck, University of London, and a founder of the Open Library of Humanities, an open access journal platform funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. For more information on the conference and how to book a place visit the Conference Registration Page.

Lessons from Arts & Humanities

UCL’s Open Access Library provides access to research on across the Institution’s Faculties (http://www.ucl.ac.uk/departments/faculties). Here are some of the most popular journal articles and research outputs from the Faculty of Arts & Humanities downloaded from UCL Discovery in 2014 – 2015:

  • Bowlby, R; (2006) "I had Barbara": Women's ties and Wharton's "Roman Fever". DIFFERENCES-A JOURNAL OF FEMINIST CULTURAL STUDIES , 17 (3) 37 - 51;
  • Hayenhjelm, M; Wolff, J; (2012) The moral problem of risk impositions: A survey of the literature. European Journal of Philosophy , 20 (Supplement S1) e26 - e51;
  • Mazzara, F.; Philippopoulou, D.; (2001) The challenge of translating Brian Friel's translations;
  • Manoochehri, J.; (2010) Social policy and housing: reflections of social values. Doctoral thesis, UCL (University College London);
  • Pheng, L.S.; (1990) Marketing theories and concepts for the international construction industry: a study of their applicability at the global, national and corporate perspectives. Doctoral thesis, University of London;
  • Keval, H.U.; (2009) Effective design, configuration, and use of digital CCTV. Doctoral thesis, UCL (University College London);
  • Brennan, F.P.; (1992) Fatigue and fracture mechanics analysis of threaded connections. Doctoral thesis, University of London;
  • Warwick, C.; Terras, M.; Galina, I.; Huntington, P.; Pappa, N.; (2008) Library and information resources and users of digital resources in the humanities. Program: Electronic Library and Information Systems , 42 (1) pp. 5-27;
  • van Ree, H.J.; (2010) Service quality indicators for business support services. Doctoral thesis, UCL (University College London).

Further information on Open Access

Established by the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) in 2008, the event provides an opportunity for the academic and research community to continue to learn about the benefits of Open Access, to share what they’ve learned with colleagues, and to help inspire wider participation in helping to make Open Access the norm in scholarship and research. Find out more about International Open Access Week and how you can get involved.

UCL’s Open Access

Find out more about Open Access and how to publish and access research outputs from across UCL.