Welcome to Open Scholarship at Waterloo

Welcome to the Open Scholarship Committee's (OSC) website. We are a team of faculty members, librarians, staff members, and students who educate, advocate for, and support open research practices, open access publishing, open data, and open educational resources. We are committed to helping scholars make informed decisions about the ways they make their research, scholarship, and instructional content accessible within their scholarly communities.

What is open scholarship?

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) defines open scholarship as: "encompass[ing] open access, open data, open educational resources and all other forms of openness in the scholarly and research environment." More information, including definitions of each of these areas can be found on the pages linked in the sidebar.


    1. Piwowar, H., Priem, J., Larivière, V., Alperin, J. P., Matthias, L., Norlander, B., … Haustein, S. (2018). The state of OA: a large-scale analysis of the prevalence and impact of Open Access articles. PeerJ, 6, e4375. doi:10.7717/peerj.4375

    1. Dec. 20, 2022Open Education Week Call for Submissions

      The Open Scholarship Committee (OSC) is calling for contributions to Open Education Week, which will take place from March 6th to 10th, 2023.

    2. Nov. 29, 2022Call Out for Open Education Week

      The Open Scholarship Committee is making plans for Open Education Week (March 6–10, 2023). There may be presentations, articles, and panels. Possible categories include legal (copyright, accessibility), technology, getting help on campus, OER Fellows Program, repositories, and panels (instructor, grad student, undergrad). If you have an idea for a topic or if you would like to participate as a presenter please contact kblair@uwaterloo.ca.

    3. Oct. 28, 2022Open Access Week Series: Open Access Week 2022 Community Spotlight: rare Charitable Research Reserve

      This article is one of a series celebrating open scholarship during Open Access Week. It is brought to you by the Open Scholarship Committee.

      By RJ McArthur

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    1. Jan. 24 to Apr. 26, 2023eCampusOntario's "Beyond Books and Manuals" Webinar Series
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      The Open Library at eCampusOntario has announced a series of virtual lunch and learns (12–1pm) focused on adopting openly licensed materials in their collection.


      • January 24, Media and Arts Open Education Resources
      • February 16, Tabletop Roleplay as OER
      • February 22, Games and Roleplay
      • March 29, Open and Ouvert
      • April 26, Indigenous Content

      Drop-In Sessions (Q&A regarding the Open Library, associated platforms and services, and OER)

    All upcoming events