Open Access Week begins

Today marks the beginning of the first-ever international awareness week for Open Access to research, October 19 – 23, 2009. Hundreds of leading academic and research sites in over 30 countries will mark the week in unique ways, and express their support for the advancement of knowledge through free, immediate, online access to the results of scholarly research.

Open Access Week is designed to help raise awareness of the potential benefits of Open Access to research and to celebrate milestones in making Open Access a norm in the conduct of science and scholarship. Momentum for the incorporation of openness into the fabric of science and scholarship has been steadily growing, as evidenced by the growing number of policies from public and private research funders (including the U.S. National Institutes of Health, the world’s largest biomedical research funder) and research producers on college and university campuses (including Harvard University, MIT, University College London, the University of Kansas, and the University of Liege).

Open Access Week is organized by SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition), the Public Library of Science, Students for Free Culture, eIFL, OASIS, Open Access Directory, JISC, and SURF. Promotional partners include SPARC Europe, SPARC Japan, Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden), Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (UK), SciELO-FAPESP-BIREME (Brazil), The Open Society Institute (New York & Budapest), SURF (The Netherlands), Open- access.net (Germany), The Public Knowledge Project (Canada), My Open Archive (Japan), DuraSpace (US), IssueLabs (US).

For more information, visit http://www.openaccessweek.org.

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