Open Access to Scholarly Literature: Which Side Are You On?

You are invited to the first event in the Information Interventions @ CUNY series!

Open Access to Scholarly Literature: Which Side Are You On?
Friday, October 25, 2013
10am – noon
The Graduate Center
Rooms C201/C202 (Concourse Level)
Refreshments will be served

Open access (OA) to scholarly literature recently hit a major milestone: Half of all research articles published become open access, either immediately or after an embargo period. Are the articles you read among them? What about the articles you write? Are the journals to which you submit open-access friendly? What about the journals for which you peer review? Are there any reasons why the public should not have access to the results of taxpayer-funded research?

Jill Cirasella (Associate Librarian for Public Services and Scholarly Communication, Graduate Center) will explain the motivation for OA, describe the details of OA, and differentiate between publishing in open access journals (“gold” OA) and self-archiving works in OA repositories (“green” OA). She will also dispel persistent myths about OA and examine some of the challenges to OA.

Please RSVP by Friday, October 18 to Jill Cirasella ( or Maura Smale ( This event is sponsored by the LACUNY Scholarly Communications Roundtable and JustPublics@365.

And that’s not all! There are more Information Interventions @ CUNY coming up!

Save the Date for our upcoming event on predatory journals and conferences!
Friday, November 15, 2013
The Graduate Center
C203/C204 (Concourse Level)

And stay tuned for Spring 2014 events about open educational resources and the controversy surrounding dissertations and open access!

This workshop is being offered as a part of Open Access Week (October 21-27, 2013). For more information about the problems with traditional journal publishing and the promise of open access publishing, and to learn about Open Access Week events across CUNY, visit


© 2013 Dimitar Poposki, used under a Creative Commons Attribution License,

About the Author

Jill Cirasella is the Associate Librarian for Scholarly Communication at the CUNY Graduate Center.