Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Open Access Week Oct 21-23 at University of Toronto Libraries

You may have heard people using terms like open-access and altmetrics. But what do these things means?
In a nutshell, “open access is the practise of providing unrestricted access via the Internet to peer-reviewed scholarly research. It is most commonly applied to scholarly journal articles.” – Wikipedia  Relative to other forms of access, open-access might be considered a more recent method of access in the academic community.  To get an idea of the types of journals that provide open access you can search the  Directory of Open Access Journals.
Altmetrics ("alternative metrics") are essentially an alternative to journal impact factors and citation count as use of a metric to gauge scholarly work.  Altmetrics can include, but is not limited to, the use of social media or news articles as a gauge.   
What does open-access and altmetrics mean to you as a scholar? A researcher? A student?  
Join the University of Toronto Libraries as they explore these topics in Open Access Week Oct 21-23. 
Webinars and live presentations are set up throughout the week with invited guest experts who will talk about these topics in academia. We invite you attend (physically or on line streaming) these events to listen, learn and engage about these very exciting topics and see how they may relate to your current research or research aspirations.
You may also want to check out this talk at the Open Access events occurring at York University.

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