October 21st, 2009 by Sarah Laleman Ward
This week, October 19-23, 2009, is the first international Open Access Week. What is open access?
Open Access is a growing international movement that uses the Internet to throw open the locked doors that once hid knowledge. It encourages the unrestricted sharing of research results with everyone, everywhere, for the advancement and enjoyment of science and society. (http://www.openaccessweek.org/about-the-oa-movement/)
So, a whole week?
Open Access Week is an opportunity to broaden awareness and understanding of Open Access to research, including access policies from all types of research funders, within the international higher education community and the general public. (http://www.openaccessweek.org/about-the-week/)
Where can you find quality OA content? Here at Hunter, we list the Directory of Open Access Journals in our list of databases. It is one of the few in our list that you can access without having to log in, because it’s free – that’s the big idea of OA. Free access to scholarly publishing.
If you are interested in learning more about the open access (OA) movement, check out the links above. We’d all like to have more quality publications available online. Some people think OA is the wave of the future; others disagree. What do you think?