Panel: Starting & Publishing an Open Access Journal


Oct. 27, 2016, 2pm to 3:30pm

Campus Location

Office/Remote Location

Goldfield Room


Starting & Publishing an Open Access Journal will feature a panel presentation focused on the what, why, and how an academic unit can host an open access journal in the institutional repository. The recent launch of the Asian Pacific Island Nursing Journal by the UNLV School of Nursing and University Libraries provides a case study on the process of establishing a new open-access journal using the University Libraries journal hosting services.

Moderated by Digital Scholarship Librarian Andrea Wirth

Panelists are Kirsten Connelly, Research Projects manager in the UNLV School of Nursing and managing editor of the Asian Pacific Island Nursing Journal; Xan Goodman, nursing and community health librarian; and John Novak, head of digital scholarship. Each panelist will present on their unique role in the process and will also offer insight into the process and lessons learned. The panel presentation will be followed by a moderated question-and-answer session. 

Attendees will have an opportunity to learn about:

  • the Open Access movement and basics of open access journals;
  • the journal proposal process and the roles of the library and the academic unit proposing the journal;
  • strategies and tips for setting up a journal and managing the publication process;
  • areas in which the Libraries can assist and support the process;
  • the digital scholarship platform known as Digital Scholarship@UNLV, the institutional repository of the libraries.

The event is hosted in conjunction with International Open Access Week. Open Access Week is worldwide event in its 9th year. For 2016, the theme of Open Access Week is "Open in Action."

Established by SPARC and partners in the student community in 2008, International Open Access Week is an opportunity to take action in making openness the default for research—to raise the visibility of scholarship, accelerate research, and turn breakthroughs into better lives. Academic libraries around the world offer events related to open access during the last week in October as an opportunity for the academic and research community to continue to learn about the potential benefits of Open Access, to share what they’ve learned with colleagues, and to help inspire wider participation in helping to make Open Access a new norm in scholarship and research.

Open Access (OA) has the potential to maximize research investments, increase the exposure and use of published research, facilitate the ability to conduct research across available literature, and enhance the overall advancement of scholarship. Research funding agencies, academic institutions, researchers and scientists, teachers, students, and members of the general public are supporting a move towards Open Access in increasing numbers every year.

"As Open Access becomes a more and more familiar concept, we must focus on the small steps everyone can take to make openness in research a reality," said Heather Joseph, Executive Director of SPARC. "This year's theme will help showcase these actions, the individuals who are leading by example, and the ways this openness advances science and scholarship."

For more information about International Open Access Week, please visit the Open Access Week website.

Admission Information

This event is free and open to all UNLV faculty and graduate students, participants are asked to register in advance.

Light refreshments will be available.

Contact Information

University Libraries
Andrea Wirth

External Sponsor

UNLV University Libraries