Open Access Week: October 24th – 30th 2016

Open Access Week is a global event. Now in its ninth year, it is an opportunity for academic and research communities to learn about the benefits of Open Access, share what they have learned, and inspire wider participation.

Open Access (OA) means free public access to scholarly works, as well as the ability to use and reuse the work under Creative Commons licenses. OA benefits academia, education, industry and the wider community, both in Australasia and globally (AOASG, CC BY 3.0). It also part of Australian Research Council (ARC) policy. Any publications arising from an ARC supported research Project must be deposited into an open access institutional repository.

Open Access Week was established primarily by Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC). This year’s theme Open in Action hopes to encourage stakeholders to take active steps in opening up research and scholarship and encouraging others to do the same in making their work more openly available.

The importance of OA to academic and research communities is demonstrated in a diverse array of activities being hosted by local and international institutions in support of Open Access Week. The Conversation is also participating, and currently hosting 80 articles that explore issues around OA.

Events for Open Access Week 2016

Local events include an address being hosted by Victoria University (Monday 24th October 2.00 – 4.00pm). The Manager of Australian National University (ANU) Press, Lorena Kanellopoulosis, will give an address on ANU ePress and discuss: governance costs of OA publishing; peer-review process; benefits to the institution; discipline areas covered, and major challenges.

The Australian Open Access Strategy Group (AOASG) has information and links to events being hosted in Sydney, Perth, Brisbane and Adelaide. These include:

  • AOASG & QUT: Monday 24th October 11:30am-1.00pm
    * Free Webinar ‘The ins and outs of academic-led OA journal publishing’ – requires online registration

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