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About Open Access

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Open Access is a growing international movement that encourages the unrestricted sharing of scholarly research and materials with everyone, everywhere, for the advancement and enjoyment of science and society. Open Access is the principle that all research should be freely accessible online, immediately after publication. OA maximizes access to research, thereby enhancing its visibility, use, and impact.


Watch Open Access 101, a brief, introductory video to Open Access created by SPARC, here.  

Open Access Week


Open Access Week is an opportunity to broaden awareness and understanding of Open Access to research, including access policies from all types of research funders, within the international higher education community and the general public. The now-annual event has been expanded from a single day to accomodate widespread global interest in the movement toward open, public access to scholarly research.  The first international Open Access Week was from October 19-23, 2009.


Open Access Week builds on the momentum started by the student-led national day of action in 2007 and carried by the 120 campuses in 27 countries that celebrated Open Access Day in 2008. Organizers and contributors include SPARC (Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition); PLoS (Public Library of Science); Students for Free Culture; OASIS (Open Access Scholarly Information Sourcebook); Open Access Directory (OAD); and eIFL.net (Electronic Information for Libraries).


For more information about Open Access Week, please visit http://www.openaccessweek.org/.



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