Open Access Week 2020

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The theme for this year’s International Open Access Week is “Open with Purpose: Taking Action to Build Structural Equity and Inclusion”. What does that mean for you? This theme is about reviewing what is currently available in terms of business models, looking at who is included and who may be missing out.  It is about raising awareness and prioritising access for all.

What is Open Access?

The Open Access (OA) movement is a global initiative with the aim of making all research that is conducted at publicly funded institutions, such as universities, free to everyone. It also allows for the reuse of data and results as needed.

Research and other materials can be published online and made immediately available to the public for free. Types of open access publications available online include:

  • articles
  • books and book chapters
  • conference papers
  • theses
  • working papers
  • data
  • images

The Library has a resource guide that is a comprehensive guide to understanding Open Access. For up-to-date news on open access in Australia, check out the Australasian Open Access Strategy Group.

Celebrating Open Access Week: 1-2pm Thursday 22 October

At Charles Sturt we’re excited to offer a special event to celebrate Open Access Week. Dr Simon Wakeling, a lecturer in the School of Library and Information Studies, will present key findings from Open Access in Theory and Practice: The Theory-Practice Relationship and Openness. This book explores the way theory and practice have interacted in the development of OA, and examines what this reveals about the nature of the OA phenomenon. There will also be a short Q&A session.

The event takes place on Thursday 22nd October from 1-2pm. Click here to reserve your space.

Want to know more?

As always, our friendly Librarians are here to help. If you would like to know more about Open Access, feel free to contact us via the following channels: