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For the final blog post in our series celebrating International OA Week, a lighter look at how OA can be promoted.

1. You won’t believe what these academics will do to get their research read!!
2. How to find all you ever wanted to know – FOR FREE!!!
3. This woman released her book chapter on the Internet, guess what happened next!
4. Here’s what happens when a researcher does something nobody else will…
5. You should really think about reading …

For the final blog post in our series celebrating International OA Week, a lighter look at how OA can be promoted.

1. YOU WON’T BELIEVE WHAT THESE ACADEMICS WILL DO TO GET THEIR RESEARCH READ!!
These days, academics are encouraged to promote themselves in a similar way to mainstream authors – blog, tweet, write newspaper columns, present at writer’s festivals and other public forums, even discuss their work in the local pub!
http://www.rtbevent.com/sydney/

Academics are the authors of books, book chapters, conference proceedings and journal articles. They are also:
- journal editors – selecting articles for publication
- series editors for books – selecting manuscripts for publication
- peer reviewers – assessing book and article proposals and advising editors whether or not the research is sound, and whether or not to publish
- book reviewers, both for scholarly journals and often for the mainstream press.

For most of these tasks, they are not paid extra, and in the past these jobs were not even considered when assessing for promotion. They do it to continue the knowledge-building process, to collaborate with colleagues and to be part of the dissemination process of new knowledge.
For OA publications, there is no revenue coming in from subscriptions or paywalls, so these tasks are done on an ever-tightening budget.

2. HOW TO FIND ALL YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW – FOR FREE!!!

If you want to get an education, it is easier than ever due to the large number of free online courses and OA journals. Don’t limit yourself to Google, at the very least upgrade your search to Google Scholar – as it proclaims, GS ‘provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites’.
https://scholar.google.com/intl/en/scholar/about.html

If you are looking for up-to-date research in a particular discipline, you can use the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) to search or browse for anything from aquaculture to speculative philosophy.
https://doaj.org/

If you’re really ready to learn, Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) are the place to go – you can complete units of study, be assessed and have the complete online learning experience. Major international universities like Harvard, MIT and ANU participate in offering free online learning.

https://www.mooc-list.com/

https://www.edx.org/home

3. THIS WOMAN RELEASED HER BOOK CHAPTER ON THE INTERNET, GUESS WHAT HAPPENED NEXT!

It can take months and sometimes years for articles and books to be released. There is a lot of checking, editing, proofing, layout and design, and so on. Some authors are requesting (and some universities and funding agencies are demanding) that authors are allowed to release the final edited or accepted version of an article or chapter to a free repository, hosted by a university or discipline-based association.
The Sydney University Repository alone contains over 12,000 research items, of which over 1000 are from Sydney University Press titles. Large discipline repositories like arXiv (physics, maths and stats) get over 10,000 submissions per month and SSRN (social sciences) contains over 400,000 papers.
http://arxiv.org/
http://www.ssrn.com/en/

Once your content is freely available, you can also blog, tweet and shout it from the rooftops! One of the primary aims of publishing is ‘registration’ = I thought of it first.

4. HERE’S WHAT HAPPENS WHEN A RESEARCHER DOES SOMETHING NOBODY ELSE WILL…

One of our most valued titles by readers has only existed as a free ebook on an open repository. It’s called Capacity and the Law by John O’Neill and Carmelle Peisah. A lawyer and a psychiatrist collaborated to write a book about how to help family and friends with limitations on their decision-making capacity, either through age, mental illness or injury.

The authors recognised that the knowledge they had in this area would be useful and helpful to many people around the country. We are now looking to update the book and release a printed edition, so that people can have wider access to the content.

http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/journals/SydUPLawBk/2011/


5. YOU SHOULD REALLY THINK ABOUT READING …

Yep, that’s it – reading. Don’t worry, Call of Duty, amusing YouTubes, Vines, TV shows, and everything else will still be there tomorrow. But you can be increasing your cognitive load today, and be a better you tomorrow, by reading some of the amazing Open Access material that’s out there for you on the Web.

https://theconversation.com/why-students-make-silly-mistakes-in-class-and-what-can-be-done-48826
https://theconversation.com/au
http://www.openculture.com/
https://www.gutenberg.org/

And of course, an image with a funny, but derivative caption - No heads in the sand here!

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