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Open Access Week Events at UMD

The theme for the 2021 International Open Access Week, 25-29 October, is "It Matters How We Open Knowledge: Building Structural Equity.” A list of virtual events worldwide is available at

This year we are spotlighting UMD authors who utilized the UMD Libraries' Open Access Publishing Fund to publish in open access journals. Since launching in 2013, 189 articles have been funded, improving access to research produced at the University of Maryland. Visit the OA Fund Success Stories to learn more.

We also periodically offer workshops on Author Rights or Copyright. If you are interested in hosting a session for your department or unit, please contact Terry Owen, Digital Scholarship Librarian, at or 301-314-1328.

Author Rights Sessions

If you want to learn more about your basic rights as an author, publisher policies for posting on the web, author options and tools for retaining rights, and additional options such as publishing in open access journals, then plan to attend one of our sessions on Author Rights.

Copyright and Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Do you plan to include third-party materials in your thesis or dissertation?  If so, do you need to request permission from the copyright holder or does it fall under the Fair Use exemption of the Copyright Law?  This session covers best practices and useful strategies to help make that determination, as well as how to protect the copyright of your own research.