Open Access

Open Access Week logoOpen Access Week is an annual, global event that promotes the benefits of free and immediate access to research. OA Week 2014 takes place October 20-26.

The theme for Open Access Week 2014 is “Generation Open” and will highlight the importance of students and early career researchers as advocates for change in the short-term, through institutional and governmental policy, and as the future of the Academy upon whom the ultimate success of the Open Access movement depends.  The theme will also explore how changes in scholarly publishing affect scholars and researchers at different stages of their careers.

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Open Access and the Texas Digital Library

The Texas Digital Library provides its members with the ability to offer faculty members scholarly communication services that can be used for Open Access scholarship. These services include:

The TDL encourages members to use Open Access Week as an opportunity to educate faculty on the availability of new models for publishing research, including via Open Access peer-reviewed journals and deposit in their institutional repositories.

Below is a list of resources available to those interested in participating in Open Access Week.

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Open Access Week Resources

Open Access Week website

The official home of Open Access Week, this website includes ideas for participation, lists of events, downloadable posters and handouts, and other useful materials.

Open Access Scholarly Information Sourcebook

This website covers the concept of Open Access, and the principles, advantages, approaches and means to achieving it. Includes sections for researchers, librarians, publishers, administrators, the public, and students.

Open Access Bibliography

A list of more than 1,300 English-language books, conference papers, articles, and other sources illuminating the concept of open access. The website also includes a useful overview of OA in the preface.

Open Access from SPARC

This site provides resources on Open Access from the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC).