Open Access Week at GVSU

 International Open Access Week 2017 (October 23 - 29) is a global event raising awareness of Open Access, highlighting Open Access activities, and promoting actions that will help make more research and scholarly work freely available to students, scholars, and the public.


What is Open Access?

Open Access refers to:

  • scholarly work - articles, books, research data, multimedia, etc.
  • which is freely available online
  • which often has few or no restrictions on reuse

By removing financial and legal barriers, Open Access enables more people to find, use, and benefit from scholarly information, and to use that information to make new discoveries, create new works, and advance human knowledge.

Open Access Explained! is a great overview of open access:  what it is, why it matters, and how it works.

Open Access Week Events

All About OER - Workshops

The University Libraries are hosting two workshops for faculty and staff,  in collaboration with the Pew Faculty Teaching & Learning Center and the eLearning & Emerging Technologies team.   The workshops will explore how Open Educational Resources can support engaging, flexible, and effective teaching.

Faculty and staff can register in Sprout.

Monday, October 23, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM, DEV 140 A (Grand Rapids)

Thursday, October 26, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM, LIB 002 (Allendale)

Open Access Reception

Grand Valley State University Libraries invites you to join us in celebrating Open Access Week!

9–10:30 A.M.


Remarks at 9:30 a.m.

Faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend, learn about Open initiatives at Grand Valley, and make connections with those in our community who are Open Access champions and promote Open conversations.

Open in Action at GVSU

Here are some of the many ways that GVSU, the Libraries, and faculty, staff, and students are taking action to provide open access to research and scholarly information:


ScholarWorks@GVSU is an Open Access repository containing more than 14,000 scholarly and creative works from the GVSU community.  ScholarWorks provides a platform for departments to showcase exceptional student work, for faculty to share papers, research data, or other scholarly work, and for GVSU scholars to publish Open Access journals and textbooks. 

ScholarWorks content reaches readers all over the world, as you can see from this live download map.  The items in ScholarWorks have been downloaded nearly 4 million times since 2008, and just over 1 million times since Open Access Week 2016.

Open Access Publishing

OA Publishing Grants

The Libraries' Open Access Publishing Support Fund helps GVSU faculty make their work Open Access, by covering the publication fees charged by some journals. 

In 2016, this fund enabled publication of 18 articles by 19 authors.  

A list of funded articles can be found in ScholarWorks, and more information on the fund is available on the Libraries' website.

Journal Publishing

Through ScholarWorks, the Libraries publish a dozen active journals managed and edited by GVSU faculty.  Our peer-reviewed faculty journals include:

The Grand Valley Journal of History is a peer-reviewed undergraduate journal, produced by students in the History Department.

Support for Open Educational Resources

The OER Initiative is a cross-University collaboration which brings together services and resources to support faculty exploring, adopting, or creating OER.  Together, the University Libraries, Pew Faculty Teaching & Learning Center, Center for Scholarly and Creative Excellence, Information Technology, and the Laker Store offer workshops and training sessions, consultations, grant funding, and other resources - like the Libraries' OER Guide, which is a great starting place for finding high-quality Open textbooks and course materials.

The Libraries publish a growing collection of faculty-created OER in ScholarWorks@GVSU, including Teaching Tools for instructors and Open Textbooks on topics in Mathematics, English, Writing, Engineering, Ecology, and Anthropology.  Other GVSU OER include the Mathematics Department's YouTube channel (nearly 2 million views from all over the world) and a business arbitration website and app with case studies and educational information.  

Take Action

Interested in learning more about Open Access?  Inspired to take action to help open up access to research and scholarly information, in your own work, your discipline, or across academia and society?    Here are some great places to get started:

  • Have a conversation with your department's liaison librarian about open access publishing and open educational resources in your discipline, or ask how you can retain your rights as an academic author when you publish research.  
  • Read the Very Brief Introduction to Open Access by Peter Suber, or his more detailed Overview.
  • Visit the SPARC website for detailed information about Open Access, Open Education, and Open Data, from one of the Open movement's leading organizations.
  • Explore some of the stories of impact shared by people who have benefited from scholarship found in Harvard's Open Access repository.
  • If you are a student, check out the Right to Research Coalition, which advocates for access to research for all students.
  • If you are a researcher, ask the question Why Open Research?, and explore some of the answers on that site.
  • Seek out Open Access versions of articles via the brand new oaDOI online search tool.
  • Install the Open Access Button browser extension to encourage scholars to share open versions of their work whenever you run into a paywall. 
  • Visit the Open Access Week Action Portal for specific commitments you can make to support Open Access.

The Open in Action graphic from, designed by SPARC, is used under a Creative Commons Attribution license.

Page last modified October 11, 2017