October 21-27, 2013 marks the 6th anniversary of International Open Access Week. The week consists of events worldwide that help to promote and advance the Open Access movement.
At a time when technology had made it possible to share an unlimited amount of information, prices on scholarly journals and articles had increased to an all time high. The Open Access movement has provided researchers, funding groups, libraries and universities with access to scholarly research that would have been too expensive for many to attain. This access advances research by allowing researchers to expand upon and discuss existing studies.
This past August, the European commission reported that from a random sample of articles published in 2011 and indexed by Scopus, 50% were available online by end of 2012. Much of this adoption has come from: industry, government and funder policies that require research to be published openly. Many of these groups have used Open Access Week as a time to adjust existing policies and create new ones, bringing together key stakeholders to discuss the importance and implications of Open Access.
Open Access Week includes close to 200 advertised events worldwide. The week kicks off at The World Bank in collaboration with SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition). For those that cannot attend the event in person, a LiveBlog and Webcast of the panel will be made available.
For a full list of events, both online and in person, visit openaccessweek.org