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Open Access Week 2013

Posted on October 21, 2013

Open Access Week 2013 is October 21-27. The global event to promote free, immediate, online access "as the new norm in scholarship and research" is now entering its seventh year. What is Open Access (OA)? What are its benefits to the worldwide academic and research community?


 Learn more...

      • An Overview of Open Access by Peter Suber, the de facto leader of the OA movement.
      • Read the latest guide: How Open Is It?, a collaborative document from the Public Library of Science (PLoS), the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC®), and the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA).
      • Read or subscribe to the SPARC Open Access Newsletter (SOAN) or participate in the SPARC Open Access Forum (SOAF).
      • Look at the OASIS website which aims to provide an authoritative 'sourcebook' on Open Access, covering the concept, principles, advantages, approaches and means to achieving it.
      • The Open Access Directory "is a compendium of simple factual lists about open access (OA) to science and scholarship, maintained by the OA community at large."
      • Watch the video from PHD Comics "Open Access Explained!"

OA news...

      • See what's happening this week on the OA website or follow the discussion on twitter.
      • Find the latest information from SPARC®, an international alliance of academic and research libraries working to correct imbalances in the scholarly publishing system.
      • In September 2013, Congressmen Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) and Committee on Science, Space, and Technology Ranking Member Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) introduced the Public Access to Public Science (PAPS) Act. "This legislation would ensure public access to published materials concerning scientific research and development activities funded by federal science agencies."
      • The objective of UNESCO's Open Access Policy Guidelines is the promotion of open access in all of the UNESCO Member States.
      • Modern Languages Open, due to launch in Spring 2014, is a peer-reviewed platform from Liverpool University Press "for the open access publication of research from across the modern languages to a global audience."
      • Wheaton supports the OA movement by participating in PLoS (Public Library of Science), BioMed Central, PubMed, and linking to thousands of open access journals - you can browse some collections here - look for the unlock symbol.

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