Open Access--immediate, online access to scholarly research free of subscription and most permissions barriers--has the power to transform scholarship. Sponsored by the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) and other partners, International Open Access Week is an opportunity for advocates of open access to engage with their communities to promote awareness of the benefits of open scholarship and research.
Running from October 23 to 29, International Open Access Week 2023 takes as its theme "Community over Commercialization." With this theme SPARC hopes to encourage a discussion of non-commercial publishing models and approaches to open scholarship that prioritize the best interests of the public and the academic community.
To learn more about the key concepts of open access and the role it can play in scholarly communications, see this overview from SPARC.