Cornell Library's OA Week Student Competition!


Open Access Poll

My education/research has been impacted by lack of open access (ie: hitting a paywall):
Significantly (more than 10 times): 9 votes (47.37%)
Sometimes (5-9 times): 9 votes (47.37%)
Occasionally (1-4 times): 1 votes (5.26%)
Never: 0 votes (0%)
Total Votes: 19

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Contest Details

To participate, watch/read at least two of the suggested materials talking about open access and paywalls listed below and create a response to one or both of the prompts:

  • Prompt 1: What does this year's theme, Open for Climate Justice, mean to you?
  • Prompt 2: Imagine a world in which research can be accessed openly (i.e. not behind a paywall). What do you think this would do for research, discovery, and/or collaboration?

Responses can be in any style you choose and should be as creative as possible! Submissions need to be original works either written, visual art, video, etc. and accessible to Cornell University for review online. 

Two winners will receive a gift bundle from the Cornell Campus Store valued at $100 and have their submissions shared on this site!

The contest ends Friday, 10/14/22 at 11:59 pm. All submissions will be reviewed by Cornell University Library before they are published on the submissions page. The winners will be announced Monday 10/24/22 at 12 pm on this web site. Winners will also be contacted via the email provided during submission entry.

How To Submit Entry

Participants must be current Cornell students in good standing to be eligible to participate and win prizes. Cornell University Library will review each submission to ensure that it responds to at least one prompt as listed in the contest details. Limit one (1) submission per student/NetID for the entire contest period.

Please use this online form to submit your entry: OA Student Competition Submission Form

Judging Criteria

Submissions will be initially reviewed by Cornell University Library to ensure content responds to at least one prompt as described in the contest details. Selection will be based on the following criteria:

  • Content: copyright and fair use application; student research and evaluation of sources; accuracy, clarity, and comprehensiveness of information; narrative or argumentative composition; script, storyboard, or writing style
  • Media: pacing and length; audio and video quality; music and sound choice; clarity of narration

Contest Notice

Cornell University Library reserves the right to disqualify any submissions that do not meet the submission criteria set forth above, contain prohibited content, and/or are otherwise deemed by Cornell University Library, in its sole discretion, to be inappropriate or obscene or not in keeping with the  Library's image will be disqualified and will not appear on the website.