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Research Impact Challenge: Day 3

Day 3 Content By:

Jennifer Langford

Archivist/Special Collections Librarian

Jenessa McElfresh

Systematic Review Service Coordinator and Senior RLS Librarian

Jess Newman McDonald

Research Data & Scholarly Communication Lead

Randall Watts

Associate Director

Day 3: Reach a Wider Audience with Open Access Publishing

Welcome to Day 3 of the UTHSC Health Sciences Library Research Impact Challenge! Today we will explore how open access publishing may help increase the impact of your work. 

OA publishing is a transformative model that has the potential to significantly amplify the impact of your research by providing unrestricted access to your articles. By removing traditional barriers such as paywalls, OA enables a broader and more diverse audience, including researchers, educators, policymakers, and the general public. In this way, OA not only enhances the visibility and reach of individual articles but also engenders collaborative opportunities and cross-disciplinary exchanges. Additionally, OA may facilitate greater citation rates (aka "Citation Advantage") and citation diversity, increasing the influence and relevance of your research.

Challenge 1: Learn about Open Access publishing


Challenge 2: Take control of your publication licenses


Challenge 3: Share a version of your publication in Digital Commons


Challenge 4: Learn how to avoid predatory publishing