Open Access Week: 21-27 OctoberPosted: October 17, 2013
With International Open Access Week set to kick off on Monday, we wanted to arm you with enough open access ammo to bring down a small library (with friendly knowledge fire of course).
Open Access Week will be held from 21-27 October. Now in its sixth year, Open Access Week is an international event that promotes free online access to resources and the right to use and re-use them.
So, before the celebrations can begin, let’s get you up to speed on all things open access:
What is open access?
Open access resources operate on the principle that the content is free and available to all internet users. The goal of open access is to advocate the dissemination of knowledge globally and free from technological and economic restraints and to promote better management of laws for research outputs. Still with me? Traditionally institutions pay for access to resources by purchasing and/or subscriptions. However, open access means that your resources are freely accessible to anyone via the Internet.
What’s this got to do with me?
If you’re a budding academic or a research student, there’s heaps of benefits. There are two primary vehicles for delivering open access (OA) to research outputs: OA journals and OA archives (or OA repositories for data and papers). By publishing in an open access journal, and archiving in an open access repository, you have the potential to:
- Increase readership by reaching a wider potential audience than subscriber-restricted journals
- Increase the visibility of your research by making your articles easier to find and use
- Shorten the delay between acceptance and publication
How can Griffith help me?
Good question. We’ve got a range of staff who are open access experts – they eat and breathe this stuff! Visit Griffith’s Open Access website for more resources and information.
Check out the official Open Access Week website to read more about events happening across the world to celebrate open access.