Open Access Week 2018

Open Access (OA) Week 2018 is October 22-28.

Libraries, authors and others around the world are observing OA Week. The theme for 2018 is “Designing Equitable Foundations for Open Knowledge.” As the OA Week website says: “This year’s theme reflects a scholarly system in transition. While governments, funders, universities, publishers, and scholars are increasingly adopting open policies and practices, how these are actually implemented is still in flux.”

Open Access is the growing model of scholarly publication based on sharing. Open Access means free, immediate access to scholarly material in full. Writing can be published on an institutional repository (“green open”) or published in a completely open journal (“gold open”).

It’s a reversal of the old model, where university faculty and researchers write articles, publish them in commercial journals, and the library has to buy them back for other faculty and students to read. That’s paying for it twice–-in the researcher’s salary and the library’s money! And the publisher owns the article copyright and can decide when and how it’s used and reused-–the writer has very little further control over its use. The Internet provides a quick and simple way to distribute information to the world at a minimal cost, where organizations and individuals see their research get the widest possible audience. Universities, libraries, and researchers worldwide are getting behind this new model of scholarly publication.

Open Access Week is a great time to learn about this powerful new model for publishing and distribution.

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