Open Access Week, a global event
now entering its sixth year, is an opportunity for the academic and
research community to continue to learn about the potential benefits
of Open Access, to share what they’ve learned with colleagues, and
to help inspire wider participation in helping to make Open Access a
new norm in scholarship and research.
“Open Access” to information – the
free, immediate, online access to the results of scholarly research,
and the right to use and re-use those results as you need – has the
power to transform the way research and scientific inquiry are
conducted. It has direct and widespread implications for academia,
medicine, science, industry, and for society as a whole.
Open Access (OA) has the potential to maximize research investments,
increase the exposure and use of published research, facilitate the
ability to conduct research across available literature, and enhance
the overall advancement of scholarship. Research funding agencies,
academic institutions, researchers and scientists, teachers,
students, and members of the general public are supporting a move
towards Open Access in increasing numbers every year. Open Access
Week is a key opportunity for all members of the community to take
action to keep this momentum moving forward.
Get involved. Participating in Open
Access Week can be as simple or involved as you like. It can also be
a chance to let your imagination have full rein and come up with
something more ambitious, wacky, fun.
OA Week is an invaluable chance to connect the
global momentum toward open sharing
with the advancement of policy changes on the
local level. Universities, colleges,
research institutes, funding agencies, libraries, and think tanks
have used Open Access Week as a platform to host faculty votes on
campus open-access policies, to issue reports on the societal and
economic benefits of Open Access, to commit new funds in support of
open-access publication, and more.