Humanities Commons Celebrates Open Access Week (October 22-28, 2018)

In celebration of Open Access Week this year, Humanities Commons is hosting five days of open access treats (no tricks!) on HC and on Twitter. We encourage all of our followers and members to tweet along with us by using our hashtag, #HCOAWeek and the official Open Access Week hashtag, #OAWeek. Check out our schedule of treats below.

Monday, October 22, 2018: CORE Repository Deposits

The Humanities Commons CORE Repository is home to thousands of open access scholarly materials, including articles, course materials, syllabi, blog posts, podcasts, visual art pieces, video essays, conference papers, and more. Today, we encourage you to treat yourself by downloading at least one CORE upload that is relevant to your work. If you’re on Twitter, let the world know what you’ve found by sharing the link and using our open access week hashtag (#HCOAWeek).

Tuesday, October 23, 2018: Using SHERPA/RoMEO

Today we hand out the treat of SHERPA/RoMEO, an online resource that helps authors to determine the standard open access policies of publishers. In order to understand how useful SHERPA/RoMEO can be, we want our members to either look up the policy of a journal with which you’ve published in the past or the policy of a journal with which you would like to publish using the SHERPA/RoMEO search engine. Even if you have transferred copyright to the publisher, you may have rights to share the publication (or some version of it). Let us know what you discover by tweeting us your results using our open access week hashtag!

Wednesday, October 24, 2018: Creative Commons Licenses

Wednesday’s treat contains information and awareness of Creative Commons licenses. A person who uploads a work to the CORE Repository has the choice of a range of copyright notices, including Creative Commons licenses. Today, we encourage members to check out the different types of licenses available and to consider which licenses might work best for the work they make available in the future. Let us know which licenses are your favorites on Twitter by using our hashtag for this week!

Thursday, October 25, 2018: Make Your Work OA With HC!

Today, we’re giving you the treat of being able to make your own work open access. Take a moment to upload a piece of work of your own to CORE using our convenient CORE Deposit Form. You can share a range of types of material in CORE, from articles to syllabi to blog posts. Not only is it quick and painless to fill out, but the CORE Deposit Form includes a number of handy features, including a quick link to SHERPA/RoMEO and a dropdown menu that allows users to select a Creative Commons license for their deposit. Once you’ve uploaded your work, tweet out your deposit’s DOI along with our open access week hashtag.

Friday, October 26, 2018: Open Educational Resources on HC

It’s the last day of Open Access Week, so we wanted to end with a  treat for educators. Today, users are encouraged to specifically search for syllabi and/or course materials available on the CORE Repository. One way to quickly look through one type of OA resources on CORE is to use the “Browse By Type” feature on the right-hand side of the CORE Repository page. For this treat, click either on “Course Material” or “Syllabus” to see a list of all CORE items that match this type. Once you find a course material or syllabus that interests you, please share it on Twitter using our open access week hashtag!


We hope this week of open access goodies and seasonal celebration helps you to increase your awareness and participation in creating a more open digital community of academics. To learn more about open access week, visit

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