This week is the eighth annualÂ Open Access Week, and that means confetti! No, actually, it means something much better than that: a week of discussions about the great and vital movement to make scholarship freely available online, so that it can be used by researchers and students and interested persons to advance knowledge.
Open Access Week started out in 2007 as a humble Open Access Day, with events organized by students andÂ SPARCÂ (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition)Â on campuses across the US. Since then it has grown by leaps and bounds, and is now fully international â€” on theÂ Open Access WeekÂ website, there are events listed in London, Kiev, Milan, Singapore, Cape Town, Valencia, Tunis, Belgrade, Poznan, andÂ Aberystwyth, Wales.
Hereâ€™s a list of a few other ways to get involved this week:
- ReadÂ David Dobbâ€˜s fantasticÂ WiredÂ articleÂ on biologistÂ Jonathan Evansâ€˜ crusade to publish his fatherâ€™s research, which is also a good primer on how OA journals likeÂ PLoS OneÂ work
- Study theÂ timeline of Open AccessÂ
- Ask questions about the future at the OAÂ Reddit AMA
- Look at anÂ alarming graphÂ about the largest scholarly publishersâ€™ profits (theyâ€™re bigger thanÂ Googleâ€˜s)
- MemorizeÂ Peter Suberâ€˜sÂ six myths about Open AccessÂ and recite them during lulls at cocktail parties
- Make aÂ waffle rabbit memeÂ more or less about OA
- Wear aÂ real button, or use aÂ digital oneÂ to get access to paywalled articles and contribute to a project thatâ€™s recording all the times researchers are blocked by paywalls
- Get mad (ok, mad/scared) about the many, many articles on Ebola that are still not available to the public, and the recent attempts by scholarly publishers toÂ use token releases for goodÂ pr
- See an Open Access bookÂ in the wild
- Tweet your support atÂ #openaccessweekÂ or#oaweek2014
10 ways to celebrate Open Access week Â» MobyLives.