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Open Access @ UCF: An Introduction

The UCF Libraries has a long history of supporting Open Access initiatives. We have been participating in Open Access week programing for well over a decade and we have sought to highlight innovative faculty and students who conduct research and publish Open Access presses. This section provides more information about these activities dating back to 2013.

OA Week Events

Since 2013, UCF Libraries has participated annually in Open Access Week, a global event held in October that provides the academic and research community an opportunity to learn more about the Open Access publishing movement and its potential benefits for research and scholarship. 

Archives of the yearly activities coordinated by UCF Libraries can be found at:

OA Champions

The Open Access Champions are faculty members at UCF distinguished for their contributions to the Open Access (OA) movement. Starting in 2013, Subject Librarians reached out to faculty involved in OA-related activities (such as publishing in open journals). Interested faculty members submitted a photo and description of their support. Some Champions have since participated in Open Access Week activities, such as by giving presentations.

In 2014, the American Library Association LLAMA Division named the University of Central Florida Libraries the 2014 Best of Show Award Winner for their “Open Access Week 2013 Wall Exhibit” which featured large color posters of UCF Open Access Champions.

If you are a current UCF faculty member involved in Open Access and would like to show your support, please contact Sarah Norris for information about inclusion in the Open Access Champions showcase.

To view the current list of Open Access Champions, visit: