Call for Proposals - Open Access Week 2022

Open Access Week 2022 @ Kennesaw State University

An All Things Open Event

Call For Proposals


Open Access Week is an international, annual event that strives to advocate for free and immediate online access to research articles, creative works, and more worldwide. Members of the KSU Library System’s All Things Open Committee will facilitate events on related topics during the month of October 2022.

We invite all interested parties to submit a proposal for inclusion at Open Access Week 2022, hosted by the Kennesaw State University (KSU) Libraries. Have you discovered a breakthrough in open access publishing or signed a unique transformative agreement? Consider sharing your knowledge with a wide audience. Collaborate with colleagues to share the strides you’ve made within the Open Access Movement. This Call for Proposals contains the necessary details for submission.

The ATO Committee will prioritize diversity, equity, and inclusion in their selection process.


The All Things Open (ATO) Committee at KSU is accepting proposals related to the following tracks:

  • Connecting the Open Access Dots
    • This track focuses on fostering and improving connections between Open Access, faculty, students, and community members.
  • Unique Applications of Open Access
    • This track focuses on the innovative ways in which open access policies, tools, and practices are implemented across the globe. We encourage talks on topics from small case studies to large metanalyses.
  • Dissenting Opinions and Opposing Viewpoints
    • This track respectfully acknowledges differing opinions of Open Access to generate a larger discussion. We hope this creates an understanding among members of the open access community. If you have an unpopular opinion or hot take that you can’t wait to share, this is the track for you.
  • Legalities and Open Policies
    • This track focuses on tricky elements of the law and its relation to open access. Consider this track if you have an interest in discussing Plan S, authors’ rights, fair use, or open access/open-source legal concerns.
  • Open Access in the Wild
    • In the past, our events have been university-centric and focused heavily on open access in academia. We would like to buck this trend and invite speakers from a myriad of experiences. This track focuses on those who work with open access outside the higher-education sphere. We encourage submissions from schoolteachers, corporate employees, or anyone interested in discussing how open access intersects with your community.

Session Types

Open Access Week 2022 at KSU offers three session types from which presenters may choose. Please be prepared to commit to your preference at the time of proposal submission.

  • Lightning Talks
    • The duration of a Lightning Talk is 15 minutes, with an additional 5 minutes reserved for questions at the conclusion of the talk. This means the total time allotted to Lightning Talks is 20 minutes. This session type is ideal for quick reviews of tools or experiences.
  • Presentations
    • The duration of a Presentations is 40 minutes, with an additional 5-10 minutes reserved for questions at the conclusion of the presentation. This means the total time allotted to Presentations is 45-50 minutes. The Committee encourages presenters to consider fun, interactive presentations that highlight their open access expertise.
  • Q&A Panel Discussions
    • The duration of a Question & Answer Panel Discussion is 45 minutes. Presenters should submit a proposal that includes all members of their group. Alternatively, there is also an option to submit as an individual panelist for a specific track or topic. Accepted individual panelists will be grouped with other individual panelists with similar or complementary areas of focus. Accepted panelists may provide the Committee with questions they would like to be asked. The Committee will provide additional questions and invite audience members to ask questions during the session. This session type requires two planning meetings with the Committee to coordinate group members, session format, and optional pre-written questions.


  • Open Access Week 2022 Submission Portal Opens July 1
  • Open Access Week 2022 Submission Portal DEADLINE EXTENDED TO SEPTEMBER 15, 2022
  • Final decisions made on September 16
  • Notification of decisions sent by September 19
  • Open Access Week 2022 Events will occur during October 24-28.
    • Final scheduling will be determined by presenter availability.

Office Hours

The ATO Committee will offer virtual-office-hour sessions for interested presenters and accepted presenters. These sessions will provide support for presentation development, accessibility questions, technical issues, and any other needs.

Office Hours Dates:

July 20 at 12pm-2pm ET: open to all interested parties.

August 24 at 12:00PM-2:00PM ET: open to all interested parties. Join us via this Zoom Link or reach out to the ATO Committee to receive an calendar invite.

September TBD: open to accepted presenters only

October TBD: open to accepted presenters only

Proposal Requirements

Proposals must be submitted via the Open Access Week 2022 website no later than 11:59pm EST September 15, 2022, and MUST include:

  • Title of the session
  • Author(s) or panel members
  • Abstract (100-150 words)
  • Desired Track
  • Desired Session Type
  • Desired Date/Time Slot

Presenters MUST acknowledge the following during the submission process:

  • Presentations will be hosted on Zoom, and the presenter(s) are required to speak with video and cameras on unless the presenter(s) requests an accommodation.
  • Presentations will be recorded and will live on the ATO website in perpetuity.
  • Presentations must be licensed under a Creative Commons license. CC-BY licenses are highly encouraged.
  • Captioning will be provided by the ATO Committee and added to the recordings after the event series concludes.

Charges and Fees

The event series is virtual and free to attend. No payments will be made to any presenter, and no attendee will be required to purchase tickets.

Submit Your Proposal for Open Access Week 2022!