Open Access Week

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Open Access has the power to transform the way research is conducted. It has the potential to maximize research investments, increase the exposure of published research, erase economic barriers to knowledge, and enhance the advancement of scholarship. Support for open access is increasing every year. Funding agencies, academic institutions, researchers and authors have fueled exponential growth in open access scholarship.

Open Access Week (October 24-30, 2011), a global event now entering its fifth year, is an opportunity for the academic and research community to continue to learn about the benefits of OA, to share what they’ve learned with colleagues, and to help make OA a new norm in scholarship and research. The Boston College University Libraries support open access to scholarship by educating our community about its benefits, by providing open access publishing platforms and by sparking conversation about new models of scholarly publishing.

During Open Access Week the Boston College University Libraries will highlight Open Access publishing opportunities and their benefits for researchers, authors, students and the public.

Here are some of the ways we hope to enhance awareness of Open Access at Boston College, during Open Access Week and beyond:

For faculty and graduate students:

Boston College Libraries Support for Open Access

The Boston College Libraries support open access by providing several publishing venues and participating in collaborative digital collections projects, including:


The eScholarship@BC Digital Repository is a central online system whose goal is to showcase and preserve Boston College's scholarly output. There is strong commitment to make as much as possible of the scholarship produced by the Boston College community openly accessible. eScholarship@BC maximizes research visibility, influence, and benefit by encouraging Boston College authors to archive and distribute online both unpublished work and peer-reviewed publications in an open access environment. Students depositing dissertations and theses have the choice to make their work openly accessible.

Open access journals

The Libraries use the open source Open Journal System software to host and provide technical support to Boston College-created electronic journals. Currently, there are five open access, peer-reviewed e-journals sponsored by the Libraries: Studies in Christian-Jewish Relations; Journal of Technology, Learning and Assessment (JTLA), Catholic Education: A journal of inquiry and practice; Fresh Ink: Essays from Boston College’s first-year writing seminar; and Lumen et Vita (a graduate student journal from the School of Theology and Ministry).

Digital Public Library of America (DPLA)

The DPLA is a new project intended to take the first concrete steps toward the realization of a large-scale digital public library that will make the cultural and scientific record available to all. Launched in December 2010 with support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the project grew out of a meeting which brought together over 40 representatives from foundations, research institutions, cultural organizations, government, and libraries to discuss best approaches to building a national digital library. The Boston College Libraries are participants in an initial beta planning project.

Internet Archive and the Open Content Alliance

The Boston College Libraries contribute rare and unique content to the collections of the Open Content Alliance. The Open Content Alliance (OCA) is a collaborative effort of a group of cultural, technology, nonprofit, and governmental organizations from around the world that help to build a permanent archive of multilingual digitized text and multimedia material. The collection of contributed material is available on the Internet Archive website. Browse Boston College contributed content.


Our latest collaboration will be as partners in the HathiTrust digital collections. Read more about this exciting effort to provide millions of digitized books to the public!

Jane Morris Scholarly Communications Librarian