It Matters How We Open Knowledge

Building Structural Equity


Open access (OA) literature is “digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions” but producing it is never free. To date, OA scholarship has taken the form of digital journals, archives, and repositories, as well as monographs, articles, textbooks, and other forms of scholarly output—all products of the collaborative relationships between authors, publishers, reviewers, and other key OA supporters.

International Open Access Week is an advocacy event organized by the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), which works across the globe to encourage open access publishing. This year’s theme examines who OA “spaces and systems are designed for, who is missing, who is excluded by the business models we use, and whose interests are prioritized.” It emphasizes a renewed effort to move “from conversations to concrete commitments and to hold one another accountable for making real progress.”

Created as a virtual replacement for Emory’s in-person annual OA Week event, this site provides a sampling of the collaborative work done to support inclusive open access publishing across the university. Hear from Emory faculty funded through TOME, a subsidy for the publication of new open access digital monographs, learn about the open access digital journals and publishing platforms developed at and supported by the Emory Center for Digital Scholarship, and explore recent articles by faculty, staff, and students supported by Emory’s Open Access Publishing Fund.