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Open Access Week

Open Access Week is October 24-30, 2011. This page offers some resources on what open access is, and how to find and publish open access materials. If you have questions, or would like more information Contact a librarian.

What is Open Access?

The Public Library of Science defines open access as meeting both of these conditions:

  1. The author(s) and copyright holder(s) grant(s) to all users a free, irrevocable, worldwide, perpetual right of access to, and a license to copy, use, distribute, transmit and display the work publicly and to make and distribute derivative works, in any digital medium for any responsible purpose, subject to proper attribution of authorship,[2] as well as the right to make small numbers of printed copies for their personal use.
  2. A complete version of the work and all supplemental materials, including a copy of the permission as stated above, in a suitable standard electronic format is deposited immediately upon initial publication in at least one online repository that is supported by an academic institution, scholarly society, government agency, or other well-established organization that seeks to enable open access, unrestricted distribution, interoperability, and long-term archiving for the biomedical sciences, PubMed Central is such a repository).

"Open Access to information – the free, immediate, online access to the results of scholarly research, and the right to use and re-use those results as you need – has the power to transform the way research and scientific inquiry are conducted. It has direct and widespread implications for academia, medicine, science, industry, and for society as a whole. " -Jennifer McLennan on Open Access

Check out these videos by Open Access Week


See how open access can benefit research at a university. (This works for students and faculty research)


Prof. Denis Cropet explains why open access is important to him and his research.