public access Archive


Open Access: Policies, Publishers, and Predators

Open Access to scientific literature is one of the most hotly debated topics in scholarly publishing. This workshop will provide an overview of what scientists need to know when making their research open access. We will cover the basics of what we mean by open access, how open access relates to the NIH Public Access policy, open access journals in the biomedical sciences, predatory publishing scams, and best practices for evaluating your open access options.

This session is hands-on and free for UI students and affiliates. There will be time for questions at the end.

Our next session is:

Monday, March 31, 2-3 pm

Location: Hardin Library EAST Information Commons

Register here.

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Questions? Contact us at or by calling (319) 335-9151.


Discuss Publishing Experiences with HOW: NIH Public Access, Open Access, Authors’ Rights, and Other Publishing Trends

The NIH Public Access Policy, which ensures that all articles arising from NIH-sponsored research will be made freely available within a year after publication, is the tip of the iceberg when it comes to changes in scholarly publishing. Participants will learn more about these trends and discuss experiences with publishing.

Our next session is:
Thursday, February 10 from 3-4 pm (Location: East Information Commons)
Register online or by calling 319-335-9151.
No time for class?  Ask your librarian for a private consult!