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International Open Access Week is fast-approaching! Now in its 9th year, Open Access Week is an annual event that mobilizes researchers, students, teachers and librarians to discuss, evaluate and understand the importance of Open Access (OA). The Health Sciences Library, in collaboration with McMaster University Libraries, invites you to a series of events scheduled from October 24 to 28. Check the Schedule at a Glance for an overview of the week’s activities, or the Full Schedule for more detailed event information.
Open Access is a movement that supports the open dissemination of information, expanding participation in the scholarly conversation to a broader community. A variety of OA models now exist, provided by both dedicated OA publishers or repositories and commercial publishers. Increasingly, OA includes not only completed research but also research data and intermediate research products. Through its various forms, Open Access broadens the accessibility of research and research outcomes to those who may not have the institutional affiliations or individual subscriptions that continue to be required for access to much of the scholarly record.
This year’s theme, “Open in Action”, encourages the individual to take concrete steps towards supporting OA. Everyone in the scholarly community has an active part in supporting the growth and development of Open Access research and scholarship. To see the different ways that you may support OA, visit the new Open Access Week Action Portal.
Interested in learning more? Join in the events hosted by McMaster University Libraries during Open Access Week!
– Madeline Donnelly, Library Intern