This week, October 24 – 30, 2016, is International Open Access week. This global event seeks to raise awareness of the open access movement in research and college campuses the world over.
What does the term “Open Access” mean to you? Dr. Peter Suber, Director of the Harvard Office for Scholarly Communication and a leading voice of the open access movement, writes of open access in terms of literature that “is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions.” He writes, “the term ‘open access’ was coined by researchers trying to remove barriers to research.” What are these barriers? For researchers and scholars it is scholarly content behind proprietary databases, or paywalls, and inaccessible unless one is affiliated with an institution that has a subscription to that particular database. According to Dr. Suber, “Scholars write journal articles because advancing knowledge in their fields advances their careers. They write for impact, not for money.” For an extended treatise of open access, see Dr. Suber’s “Open Access Overview.”
So, what can scholars and/or faculty do to make their scholarly output more open to the researchers or scholars who need it? This one-page document details some of those steps. If you want to know more open access options to publish your scholarship; your rights as an author and publishing licensing agreements; or about our institutional repository (IR) here at Boise State, ScholarWorks, please let us know!