Open Access Week is a global event that allows academic and research communities to learn about and share the benefits of Open Access (OA).
What is Open Access?
Open Access is a growing international movement that uses the Internet to throw open the locked doors that once hid knowledge. Encouraging the unrestricted sharing of research results with everyone, the Open Access movement is gaining ever more momentum around the world as research funders and policy makers put their weight behind it. Open Access increases the advancement of human knowledge and ultimately improves lives by ensuring the results of research can be read and built on by anyone.
Why is Open Access Important?
Open Access (OA) seeks to return scholarly publishing to its original purpose: to spread knowledge and allow that knowledge to be built upon in a free and open environment. Open Access encourages the unrestricted sharing of research with everyone. It increases global access to knowledge, facilitates collaboration, and increases the discoverability and browsability of research. The more people that can access and build upon the latest research, the more valuable that research becomes and the more likely we are to benefit as a society. The researcher benefits by having more readers, more potential collaborators, more citations for their work, and ultimately more recognition.
- 81,780 articles in 2012 – were published in Open Access journals
- 252,418 articles – were published in Open Access journals during 2000-2012
- 9,747 Open Access journals – A comprehensive list of Open Access journals by the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
- 2,500 repositories – are available for authors to digitally deposit their work. A comprehensive list of these is available in the Directory of Open Access Repositories (OpenDOAR) Information taken from the SPARC website
How Open Access impacts you
Rod Library supports open access by promoting and maintaining UNI ScholarWorks. The purpose of UNI ScholarWorks is to showcase, in a highly visible and comprehensive manner, the knowledge, creativity, and innovative spirit of the University in a free and open environment.
Another Open Access initiative at UNI is the Open Textbook Network. Classes can adopt textbooks that are freely available online benefiting students and faculty.
How can you get involved?
In conjunction with Open Access Week several events are scheduled:
"Sharing your Scholarship in a Digital World" October 24 at 2 p.m. in LIB 282
Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning's “Open Textbook Adoptions at UNI” panel discussion on Oct 25 from 12-1 p.m. in ScholarSpace LIB 301
OA consultations for faculty during Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. at the round desk in the Learning Commons. Come visit us with your questions about Open Access!