Save the Date: International Open Access Week 2020, October 19-25

Open Access Week 2020, October 19-25.

International Open Access Week is an advocacy event organized by the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), which is working across the globe with governments, higher education institutions, and researchers to increase knowledge of, engagement with, and participation in open access (OA), defined as “the free, immediate, online availability of research articles coupled with the rights to use these articles fully in the digital environment.” The two primary vehicles for open access scholarship have been OA journals and OA archives or repositories, and open access also now includes monographs, textbooks, and other forms of scholarly output.

Emory University faculty passed the Emory Open Access Policy in 2011; shortly thereafter, Emory’s Scholarly Communications Office began sharing faculty scholarship in OpenEmory, which preserves Emory faculty works and makes them freely accessible, furthering the visibility of the intellectual community here at Emory. International Open Access Week this year runs from October 19 to October 25, 2020, with the theme: “Open with Purpose: Taking Action to Build Structural Equity and Inclusion.” (Read more about this year’s theme on the Open Access Week website.)

Legal size poster with dark blue background and colorful shapes in orange, purple, and blue. Text: Open Access Week 2020. Open with Purpose: Taking Action to Build Structural Equity and Inclusion.Co-sponsors of Open Access Week 2020 at Emory include: the Emory Center for Digital Scholarship (ECDS), which supports several open access journals and projects; the Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry (FCHI), which supports the Mellon-funded Digital Publishing in the Humanities (DPH) initiative; the Center for Faculty Development and Excellence (CFDE), which supports Emory faculty authors, including those who wish to publish their works open access; and Emory Libraries, which supports Emory’s Open Access Publishing Fund (administered by the Libraries’ Scholarly Communications Office) and the recently launched Emory Digital Collections.

Since an in-person reception is not possible this year (details about past receptions are available on the DPH website), ECDS’s Digital Project Specialist Dr. Kayla Shipp has developed a website to virtually celebrate International Open Access Week at Emory. Our hope is to update it year-round to serve as a hub for information about Emory’s many open access initiatives.

The website features the following content and more:

Open Access logo featuring rendering of open lock in thick orange lines, with orange dot in the middle of the circular lock portion

You can follow ECDS on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and/or LinkedIn to stay up-to-date on Open Access Week and other ECDS-supported initiatives! Also stay tuned to the Emory Libraries social media accounts for Open Access Week content from October 19-25.