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Open Access: The Game of Open Access

A guide to Open Access at the University of Huddersfield

About The Game of Open Access

The Game of Open Access is a board game developed by staff from Computing & Library Services (CLS) at the University of Huddersfield in 2017. The aim is to engage researchers with the key concepts and tools required to meet Open Access mandates. Through the use of playful learning, it aims to develop an understanding of the role of Open Access through the initial idea for an article to its acceptance for publication.

The Game normally takes between 10-20 minutes to play, depending on the number of players and how much discussion takes place.

The game has been played by researchers and librarians in the context of library roadshows, in Open Access information sessions with PG researchers, at library and research conferences, and increasingly by libraries worldwide. 


Researcher at the University of Huddersfield?

Would you like to play the Game of Open Access in your research group?  Contact your subject librarian and we'll send over a Game set to you. 

A number of other games are available for early career researchers to learn more about Open Access, research impact and publishing - a collection of links to these can be found here.  

Game of Open Access

Download the Game of Open Access

Download: The Game of Open Access

The Game of Open Access comprises three files: the Game Board, a set of Game cards, and the Rules. The resource can be shared and adapted under CC BY-NC 3.0. This is the March 2018 revision of the Game.


What do I need to play the Game of Open Access?

You’ll need:

  • An A3 copy of the Game
  • A set of cards and instructions
  • Dice
  • Playing counters

You can download the Game "board", instructions, and cards from:  The Game of Open Access