Open Access Week (Oct. 20-26, 2014) is an international event that calls on the academic and research communities to discuss and explore the potential benefits of Open Access publishing and to join the Open Access movement to make scholarly resources more freely available and maximize research impact.

Open Access – “the free, immediate, online access to the results of scholarly research, and the right to use and re-use those results as you need” – can transform the way that researchers conduct and publish their work, as well as make their work accessible to a broader and more diverse audience inside and outside of academia.

So, what kinds of resources and services exist at Ohio State to assist faculty and students in opening access to their research?

The Copyright Resources Center supports researchers through education and guidance on the application of copyright law to their scholarly output and other original works of authorship. The Copyright Resources Center provides information on author’s rights, things to consider when transferring rights to a publisher, and negotiating to retain the rights researchers want or need, such as the right to make their work available as Open Access if they so choose.

The Libraries Publishing Program works with researchers to publish Open Access scholarly work in a variety of formats and provides authors with an alternative to working with commercial publishers. The Libraries Publishing Program offers development and hosting services for publishing Open Access journals and conference proceedings, as well as an Editor’s Group that serves as an interdisciplinary forum for discussing common issues in journal publishing.

The Knowledge Bank is Ohio State’s Open Access institutional repository. Researchers affiliated with the university are invited to deposit digital materials, such as journal articles and authors’ manuscripts, working papers, conference presentations, and technical reports. The Knowledge Bank provides a venue for long-term preservation of digital content, access to OSU’s digital scholarship for researchers anywhere in the world, and support for compliance with the Public Access mandates of federal funding agencies.

In addition to the services listed above, the Libraries will be launching an Open Access Fund for OSU authors on October 20, 2014. The Open Access Fund for OSU Authors will help support Open Access article processing charges for OSU faculty, staff, and enrolled students publishing peer-reviewed articles in eligible Open Access journals. The Fund is a pilot project jointly funded by University Libraries and the Health Sciences Library. For more information, please visit the fund website:

The Research Commons is partnering with all of these units, the Copyright Resources Center, Libraries Publishing Program, and Knowledge Bank, to enable and support the work of Ohio State researchers. To celebrate Open Access Week this year, we are hosting two workshops open to faculty, postdocs, graduates, and undergraduates:

Tuesday, Oct. 21 – Fair Use and You: Copyright Considerations for Writing Theses and Dissertations

Friday, Oct. 24 – Opening Access to Your Research: Strategies for Digital Scholarship