October 20-26, 2014 is Open Access Week, which celebrates the ability to access scholarly research for free online after publication. Originally, this weeklong event was limited to one day; October 14, 2008 was designated as “Open Access Day,” and since then it has become an international and interdisciplinary movement. It aims to break down barriers to research—expensive paywalls or copyright infringements—which limits the expansion of knowledge. There are also many seminars, presentations, and webchats promoting Open Access Week, which are listed here: http://openaccessweek.org/events
The theme for this year is Generation Open, which highlights the importance of students and young researchers as advocates for change and how scholarly publishing is different throughout different career stages.
To learn more about this event and the impact of Open Access Week, please read the following items from our library and additional websites:
Open Access by Peter Suber
“Open Access Journals—What publishers offer, what researchers want” by Suenje Dallmeier-Tiessen, Robert Darby, Bettina Goerner, etc.
“Riding the Wave of Open Access: Providing Library Research Support for Scholarly Publishing Literacy” by Linlin Zhao.
The Open Access Week Website: http://openaccessweek.org/page/about
A blog post by Adi Kamdar, written for the Electronic Frontier Foundation: https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2014/10/celebrating-open-access-week-research-should-be-free-available-and-open
The Right to Research Coalition’s website: http://www.righttoresearch.org/act/oaweek/