Open Access Week

Open Access Week is an annual scholarly communication event focusing on open access and related topics. It takes place globally during the last full week of October in a multitude of locations both on- and offline. Typical activities include talks, seminars, symposia, or the announcement of open access mandates or other milestones in open access. For instance, the Royal Society chose Open Access Week 2011 to announce that they would release the digitized backfiles of their archives, dating from 1665 to 1941.[1]

A PhD Comics special for Open Access Week 2012
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A cake baked for Open Access Week 2010 celebrations at the University of Lincoln, featuring the Open Access logo
Open Access Week Edit-a-thon banner
A web banner (in Swedish) for a Wikipedia edit-a-thon during Open Access Week 2015
Open Access Week stencil and card made from stencil (square)
A stencil and a card with the text "Open Access Week"


U Arizona Open Access Week October 25, 2011
Example event, a symposium at the University of Arizona, October 25, 2011[2]

Open Access Week has its roots in the National Day of Action for Open Access on February 15, 2007, organized across the United States by Students for Free Culture and the Alliance for Taxpayer Access.[3] In 2008, October 14 was designated Open Access Day, and the event became global.[4] In 2009, the event was expanded to a week, from October 19–23.[5] In 2010, it took place from October 18–24.[6] From 2011 onwards, it is taking place at the last full week of October each year.[7]


In early years, organisations celebrating Open Access Week set their own themes. Since 2012, an 'official' theme was established and received special attention at the corresponding kick-off events held at the World Bank.

  • In 2018, the theme was "Designing Equitable Foundations for Open Knowledge"[8]
  • In 2017, the theme was "Open In Order To"[9]
  • In 2016, the theme was "Open in Action."[10]
  • In 2015, the theme was "Open for Collaboration."[11]
  • In 2014, the theme was "Generation Open."[12]
  • In 2013, the theme was "redefining impact."[13]
  • In 2012, the theme was "set the default to open access."[14]


Details of Open Access Week events are recorded in the "Events" section of the Open Access Directory.[15] They are also listed on the Open Access Week website, where over 140 events were listed for Open Access Week 2013.[16]

See also


  1. ^ "Royal Society journal archive made permanently free to access". The Royal Society. 26 October 2011. Retrieved 25 September 2013. (WebCite)
  2. ^ The Future of Data: Open Access and Reproducibility (WebCite)
  3. ^ Announcing the National Day of Action for Open Access: Feb. 15 (WebCite)
  4. ^ First Open Access Day to be held October 14, 2008 (WebCite).
  5. ^ "Open Access Week declared for 2009". SPARC. 5 March 2009. Retrieved 25 September 2013. (WebCite)
  6. ^ Open Access Week 2010 declared for October 18 to 24 (Webcite).
  7. ^ "Open Access Week 2011 Dates announced". Open Access Week. 17 December 2010. Retrieved 25 September 2013. (WebCite)
  8. ^ "Theme of 2018 International Open Access Week To Be "Designing Equitable Foundations for Open Knowledge"". Retrieved 2018-10-08.
  9. ^ "Theme of 2017 International Open Access Week to be "Open in order to…"". Retrieved 2017-09-30.
  10. ^ "Theme of 2016 International Open Access Week to be "Open in Action"". May 12, 2016.
  11. ^ "Theme of 2015 Open Access Week to be "Open for Collaboration"". March 4, 2015.
  12. ^ "SPARC and the World Bank to co-host kickoff event for 2014 International Open Access Week". International Open Access Week. July 15, 2014.
  13. ^ "Redefining Impact Through Open Access". World Bank. October 18, 2013.
  14. ^ "Open Access Week 2012". Electronic Information for Libraries (EIFL). October 23, 2013. Archived from the original on 2013-09-03.
  15. ^ "Events". Open Access Directory. US: Simmons School of Library and Information Science. OCLC 757073363. Retrieved 19 October 2015.
  16. ^ "Upcoming events". Open Access Week. Retrieved 23 October 2013.

External links


EarthArXiv (pronounced "Earth archive") is both a preprint server and a volunteer community devoted to open scholarly communication. As a preprint server, EarthArXiv publishes articles from all subdomains of Earth Science and related domains of planetary science. These publications are versions of scholarly papers that precede publication in peer-reviewed scientific journals. EarthArXiv is not itself a journal and does not evaluate the scientific quality of a paper. Instead, EarthArXiv serves as a platform for free hosting and rapid dissemination of scientific results. The EarthArXiv platform assigns each submission a Digital Object Identifier (DOI), therefore assigning provenance and making it citable in other scholarly works. EarthArXiv's mission is to promote open access, share open access and preprint resources, and participate in shared governance of the preprint server and its policies. EarthArXiv was launched on October 23, 2017.

Faculty of 1000

Faculty of 1000 (abbreviated F1000) is a publisher of services for life scientists and clinical researchers.

International Open Data Day

International Open Data Day is an annual event that promotes awareness and use of open data. It takes place globally, usually in February or March. Typical activities include talks, seminars, demonstrations, hackathons, training or the announcement of open data releases or other milestones in open data. In some countries it occurs along with Code Across coding events.

Jonathan Eisen

Jonathan Andrew Eisen (born August 31, 1968) is an American evolutionary biologist, currently working at University of California, Davis. His academic research is in the fields of evolutionary biology, genomics and microbiology and he is the academic editor-in-chief of the open access journal PLOS Biology.

Jorge Cham

Jorge Gabriel Cham (Spanish: [ˈxorxe]) (born May 1976) is an engineer-turned cartoonist best known for his popular newspaper and web comic strip Piled Higher and Deeper (PhD Comics). Cham was born in Panama and lives in the United States, where he started drawing PhD Comics as a graduate student at Stanford University. He has since been syndicated in several university newspapers and in four published book collections.

He was featured on NPR on December 20, 2010. With physicist Daniel Whiteson, he is the coauthor of We Have No Idea (2017), a book about unsolved problems in physics. In September 2018, Cham and Whiteson debuted the podcast Daniel and Jorge Explain the Universe, produced by HowStuffWorks, in which the hosts aim to explain popular questions and complex topics about science, technology, and the universe, in the simplest way possible.

Library publishing

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List of open-access projects

Some of the most important open-access publishing projects or lists of such projects are listed below.


MyScienceWork builds tools to help institutions and R&D companies increase and measure the impact of their researcher’s work.

With the value of open access in mind, the company hosts a community of researchers that can upload and consult more than 70 publications and 12 millions patents online. If publications are not available in open access, researchers are able to find it on the publisher's websites.

In 2018, MyScienceWork launched PolarisOs, an open source repository that helps the dissemination of research and the communication of researchers at the service of scientific institutions. This tool is also a library management system, multimedia archive, research data repository and institutional repository. This solution is available on GitHub.

OPAR L'Orientale Open Archive

OPAR L'Orientale Open Archive is the institutional repository of the University of Naples "L'Orientale", designed according to the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in Science and Humanities and the Messina Declaration ratified by CRUI in 2004.

OPAR L'Orientale Open Archive is a digital repository, accessible to all. Registered users can deposit different items: articles, technical reports, Ph.D. theses, books, working papers and preprints, articles already appeared in journals, conference papers and chapters from books already published, training aid, dataset and more.

Since 2001, the Budapest Open Access Initiative promotes the free availability or research articles in all academic fields and concerns a growing number of individuals and organizations from around the world who represent researchers, universities, laboratories, libraries, foundations, journals, publishers, learned societies, and kindred open-access initiatives.

Open Access Button

The Open Access Button is a browser bookmarklet which registers when people hit a paywall to an academic article and cannot access it. It is supported by Medsin UK and the Right to Research Coalition.A prototype was built at a BMJ Hack Weekend. All code is openly available online at GitHub.A beta version of the Open Access Button was officially launched on 18 November 2013 at the Berlin 11 Satellite Conference for Students & Early Stage Researchers. It records instances of hitting a paywall, and also provides options to try to locate an open access version of the article. In April 2014 a crowdfunding campaign was started to build a second version.The second version of the button was launched on 21 October 2014 as part of open access week.In February 2015 the Open Access Button and its co-founders, David Carroll and Joseph McArthur ("the button boys"), were awarded a SPARC Innovator Award by the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC).The third version of the button was launched on 28 October 2016, again, as part of open access week.

Open access

Open access (OA) is a mechanism by which research outputs are distributed online, free of cost or other barriers, and, in its most precise meaning, with the addition of an open license applied to promote reuse.Academic articles (as historically seen in print-based academic journals) have been the main focus of the movement. Conventional (non-open access) journals cover publishing costs through access tolls such as subscriptions, site licenses or pay-per-view charges. Open access can be applied to all forms of published research output, including peer-reviewed and non peer-reviewed academic journal articles, conference papers, theses, book chapters, and monographs.

Open access in Australia

Open access (OA) has seen extensive growth in Australia since the first open access repository was launched in 2001. There are Open Access policies at the two major research funders: The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and Australian Research Council (ARC) . Around half of Australian Universities have an OA policy or statement; most policies are for Green (repository based) OA and OA has become a fundamental part of the scholarly publishing and research landscape in Australia. The Australasian Open Access Strategy Group (AOASG), the Council of Australia University Librarians (CAUL), and the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) are advocates for Open Access and related issues in Australia.

Open access in Portugal

In Portugal, the first open access initiatives were carried out by the University of Minho with the creation of RepositóriUM in 2003 and the definition of an institutional policy of self-archiving in 2004. In the following years began SciELO Portugal, for the publication of open access journals, and new repositories in several higher education institutions. The Open Access Scientific Repository of Portugal (RCAAP) launched in 2008.Following an agreement signed between the Ministers of Science and Technology of Portugal and Brazil in October 2009, the first Luso-Brasilien Open Access Conference took place in November 2010 in Braga, Portugal.Open access policies of the country's main scientific research funding agency, Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia (Science and Technology Foundation, FCT), came into force on May 5, 2014.

Open access in South Africa

Open access to scholarly communication in South Africa occurs online via journals, repositories, and a variety of other tools and platforms. Compared to other African nations, open access in South Africa has grown quickly in recent years.

According to UNESCO, South Africa is a leading African country in terms of open access policies on the governmental level and grass-roots initiatives in universities and research organizations. South African signatories to the international "Open Access 2020" campaign, launched in 2016, include the South African National Library and Information Consortium (SANLiC) and University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. As of January 2018, there are nine research entities with policies in the international Registry of Open Access Repository Mandates and Policies.

Piled Higher and Deeper

Piled Higher and Deeper (also known as PhD Comics), is a newspaper and webcomic strip written and drawn by Jorge Cham that follows the lives of several grad students. First published in the fall of 1997 when Cham was a grad student himself at Stanford University, the strip deals with issues of life in graduate school, including the difficulties of scientific research, the perils of procrastination, the complex student–supervisor relationship and the perpetual search for free food. Cham continued the strip as an Instructor in mechanical engineering at Caltech, and now draws and gives talks about the strip full-time. Originally, the strip was drawn in crude black-and-white, eventually became grayscale, and finally became color in June 2004.

PubMed Central Canada

PubMed Central Canada (PMC Canada) was a Canadian national digital repository of peer-reviewed health and life sciences literature, taken offline in February 2018. It joined Europe PubMed Central (formerly UK PubMed Central) as a member of the PubMed Central International network. PMC Canada was a partnership between the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information (NRC-CISTI, the Canadian National Science Library), and the United States National Library of Medicine (NLM).PMC Canada included an interface in both English and French, to support the use of Canada's two official languages. PubMed Central Canada provided free access to content, and was one of the locations where CIHR researchers could deposit their peer-reviewed research articles, in order to meet with the open-access requirements of the CIHR Policy on Access to Research Outputs.

United States

The United States of America (USA), commonly known as the United States (U.S. or US) or America, is a country composed of 50 states, a federal district, five major self-governing territories, and various possessions. At 3.8 million square miles (9.8 million km2), the United States is the world's third or fourth largest country by total area and is slightly smaller than the entire continent of Europe's 3.9 million square miles (10.1 million km2). With a population of over 327 million people, the U.S. is the third most populous country. The capital is Washington, D.C., and the largest city by population is New York City. Forty-eight states and the capital's federal district are contiguous in North America between Canada and Mexico. The State of Alaska is in the northwest corner of North America, bordered by Canada to the east and across the Bering Strait from Russia to the west. The State of Hawaii is an archipelago in the mid-Pacific Ocean. The U.S. territories are scattered about the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, stretching across nine official time zones. The extremely diverse geography, climate, and wildlife of the United States make it one of the world's 17 megadiverse countries.Paleo-Indians migrated from Siberia to the North American mainland at least 12,000 years ago. European colonization began in the 16th century. The United States emerged from the thirteen British colonies established along the East Coast. Numerous disputes between Great Britain and the colonies following the French and Indian War led to the American Revolution, which began in 1775, and the subsequent Declaration of Independence in 1776. The war ended in 1783 with the United States becoming the first country to gain independence from a European power. The current constitution was adopted in 1788, with the first ten amendments, collectively named the Bill of Rights, being ratified in 1791 to guarantee many fundamental civil liberties. The United States embarked on a vigorous expansion across North America throughout the 19th century, acquiring new territories, displacing Native American tribes, and gradually admitting new states until it spanned the continent by 1848.During the second half of the 19th century, the Civil War led to the abolition of slavery. By the end of the century, the United States had extended into the Pacific Ocean, and its economy, driven in large part by the Industrial Revolution, began to soar. The Spanish–American War and World War I confirmed the country's status as a global military power. The United States emerged from World War II as a global superpower, the first country to develop nuclear weapons, the only country to use them in warfare, and a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council. Sweeping civil rights legislation, notably the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the Fair Housing Act of 1968, outlawed discrimination based on race or color. During the Cold War, the United States and the Soviet Union competed in the Space Race, culminating with the 1969 U.S. Moon landing. The end of the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 left the United States as the world's sole superpower.The United States is the world's oldest surviving federation. It is a federal republic and a representative democracy. The United States is a founding member of the United Nations, World Bank, International Monetary Fund, Organization of American States (OAS), and other international organizations. The United States is a highly developed country, with the world's largest economy by nominal GDP and second-largest economy by PPP, accounting for approximately a quarter of global GDP. The U.S. economy is largely post-industrial, characterized by the dominance of services and knowledge-based activities, although the manufacturing sector remains the second-largest in the world. The United States is the world's largest importer and the second largest exporter of goods, by value. Although its population is only 4.3% of the world total, the U.S. holds 31% of the total wealth in the world, the largest share of global wealth concentrated in a single country.Despite wide income and wealth disparities, the United States continues to rank very high in measures of socioeconomic performance, including average wage, human development, per capita GDP, and worker productivity. The United States is the foremost military power in the world, making up a third of global military spending, and is a leading political, cultural, and scientific force internationally.

University of Calgary Press

The University of Calgary Press is a university publishing house that is a wholly owned subsidiary of the University of Calgary. Located in Calgary, Alberta, it publishes peer-reviewed scholarly books that connect local experiences to global communities. It became an Open Access press on October 22, 2010.

University of Queensland Debating Society

The University of Queensland Debating Society (UQDS) is the debating society of the University of Queensland. It has been recognised as one of the oldest and most active student societies at the University of Queensland and one of the most active and successful university debating societies in the world. The UQ Debating Society was also a founding member of the University of Queensland Union.

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