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. UNI students saved $220,388 in textbook costs during 2017-2018 due to textbook adoptions at UNI.
UNI Students' perspectives on textbook costs video
How Can You Get Involved?
In conjunction with Open Access Week, several events are scheduled:
Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning's "Using Open Educational Resources in Your Classroom" panel discussion on Oct. 22 from 3-4 p.m. in LIB 378
Panelists: Angela Pratesi (Fine and Performing Arts Librarian), Jim Demastes (Biology), Nilmani Pramanik (Technology), Lisa Millsaps (Geography), and Corrine Holke-Farnam (Language & Literature)
Join faculty from a variety of departments to hear strategies they used to implement Open Educational Resources (OERs) in their classrooms to save students money on course materials. They will discuss their motivations for adopting OERs as well as the advantages, benefits, and challenges they encountered along the way.
Film viewing of "Paywall: The Business of Scholarship" and discussion on Oct 25 at 12:30 p.m. in ScholarSpace LIB 301, cookies will be provided.
"A documentary which focuses on the need for open access to research and science, questions the rationale behind the $25.2 billion a year that flows into for-profit academic publishers, examines the 35-40% profit margin associated with the top academic publisher Elsevier and looks at how that profit margin is often greater than some of the most profitable tech companies like Apple, Facebook, and Google." from paywallthemovie.com
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