Week 4: Open Access

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From co-facilitators Maha Bali and Sue Erickson:

Cross-continental greetings from Maha and Sue!

Our plan for this week is to have participants explore issues around Open Access (OA) and share their motivations for participating in OA.  With a variety of activities and platforms, we hope to facilitate learning from each other’s experiences and practices with open access and open scholarship.  We will also explore particular issues around OA in a global context.

Sunday, March 4 & Monday March 5

Begin reading Peter Suber’s book Open Access, focusing mainly on chapter 1: What is Open Access? If you participated in OpenLearning17 and have already read chapter 1, feel free to move on to chapter 2.

We will be collectively annotating chapter 1 of Suber’s Open Access in Hypothes.is,  but feel free to annotate other chapters that interest you throughout the week, and to blog your reflections.

The home page for Suber’s book, with updates and supplements, can be found at:


The direct link to the book where we’ll do our annotating is here:


Instructions for annotating PDFs offline via Hypothes.is:




Tuesday, March 6

3-4pm EST (8-9pm UTC). Watchlink below. Contribute questions and comments during the hangout on Twitter: #openlearning18.


Google Hangout on Air across three continents and 5 countries with guests:

  1. Peter Suber, Director of the Harvard University Office for Scholarly Communication, and Director of the Harvard Open Access Project (@PeterSuber),
  2. Thomas Hervé Mboa Nkoudou, International President of APSOHA, the Association for the Promotion of OpenScience in Haiti and Africa (@mboathomas) and
  3. Ivonne Lujano Vilchis,  DOAJ Ambassador, Latin America and works at Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México. (@ivonnelujano). There is space for 5 additional participants – if you would like to join the conversation on video, please tweet to @bali_maha or @SueErickson10 – or ask questions on Twitter via #OpenLearning18)

Read the guests’ work on Open Access here:

The home page for Suber’s book, with updates and supplements, can be found at:


Peter has also made a list of 40+ organizations working for #openaccess in the global south.

Thomas Hervé Mboa Nkoudou co-authored articles below in French, but you can find a synthesis of them in English by Andy Nobes at Must We Decolonize Open Access? Perspectives from Francophone Africa:

You can find this article by Ivonne and Federico Vasin (Spanish – but try Google Translate): http://www.revistas.unam.mx/index.php/rmcpys/article/view/58652  “National classification systems for scientific journals in Latin America: recent trends and implications for academic evaluation in social science”


Wednesday, March 7

New for #OpenLearning18: Andy Nobes’ article Must We Decolonize Open Access? Perspectives from Francophone Africa  (- Hypothes.is annotation.


Thursday, March 8

Explore and share your learning: Sherpa-Romeo and SPARC Open

A useful resource for those who care about open access is http://sparcopen.org/ – and a useful resource within it for evaluating “how open is it?” https://sparcopen.org/our-work/howopenisit/

Also, see the SPARC Open Access Author Addendum – have you used it? Would you? If not, why not? Post your response to Twitter using #OpenLearning18.

What are the main differences between green OA and gold OA? [Suber has a concise description of each here:  http://legacy.earlham.edu/~peters/fos/overview.htm].

Sherpa Romeo is a great resource for learning about open access policies of subscription journals: http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/index.php – do you have articles in subscription-based journals which can be made available via Green OA? If not, make them available and tweet them to #OpenLearning18


Friday, March 9

Write a blog post or make a meme about something new you learned about Open Access this week. Be sure to use the #openlearning18 hashtag.

Post by co-directors Sue Erickson and Maha Bali
Edited by hub director Gardner Campbell


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  1. Peter Suber March 6, 2018 at 6:23 pm #

    When you link to my book above, please use the book home page. The page includes links to all OA editions plus reviews, translations, updates, and supplements.

    In pointing to a place where I discuss green/gold, my book goes into more detail than my Overview handout. Here’s a deep link to the discussion of green/gold in Chapter 3 of the book.

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