Open Access Week: Support free access to research

Think textbooks are expensive? You should see how much scholarly journals cost. Some journal subscriptions can reach over $20,000 each year—for one journal. Not even the most well-funded library can afford to purchase subscriptions to everything, so we have to pick and choose. Luckily, open access publishing is gaining traction and removing these prohibitive cost barriers.

For the sixth consecutive year, the academic community is celebrating Open Access Week to promote the benefits of open access and help make it the new norm in scholarly publishing. What exactly is open access? It's free, immediate, online access to high-quality, academic literature. Watch the video below to find out how it works:

Open access matters to students, faculty, librarians, researchers, doctors, entrepreneurs—anyone who seeks, produces or shares scholarly information. Not only does open access mean quicker, easier access to articles, it also saves libraries money (that can be spent on improving study space or more books) and facilitates collaboration among researchers, thus advancing scientific discovery.

Learn more about how you can support open access and participate in these upcoming events.

Open Access Week Events

A dialogue and reception with open access advocates at NYU
October 25, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Bobst Library, Graduate Student Exchange (10th floor)
Following an introduction by Dr. Michael Stoller (Director of Collections & Research Services, NYU Libraries), NYU signatories of the Cost of Knowledge petition will discuss why they signed and then open the floor for discussion and Q & A.

How to make your research open access
October 23, 12:30 p.m.
A live webcast hosted by Harvard University on making your research open access.

Open access week mixer
October 26, 6:00 p.m.
Rattle N Hum, 14 East 33rd Street, Manhattan, NY
Meet up with folks interested in discussing free culture and new forms of publishing and scholarly communication. Organized by CUNY.