OA Week Events

* Planning an OAW event? Post your event details to the OA Week section of the Open Access Directory.

* Looking for OAW events to attend? Browse the same section of the OAD, which is organized by region.
* Want to see what people did last year for ideas for this year? Check out last year's archive.


Blog Posts

10th Annual International Open Access Week Shines Spotlight on Increasing the Impact of Research & Scholarship

Hundreds of events will take place across the globe to highlight the power of Open Access to increase the impact of scientific and scholarly research during the 10th annual International Open Access Week taking place from October 23-29, 2017.

This year’s theme of “Open in Order to…” is meant to…


Posted by Nick Shockey on October 23, 2017 at 7:30am

The 2nd SPARC Japan Seminar 2017 "Preprint and Open Access" on October 30

The 2nd SPARC Japan Seminar 2017 entitled "Preprint and Open Access" will be held on 30 October, hosted by SPARC Japan, in keeping with this year’s Open Access Week theme of “Open in order to…”. We will review the role and management of the preprint servers in these 30 years and discuss how to contribute to the advancement of scientific research and the issues concerning the importance of the commercial publication, sustainable models of the publication and the quality…


Posted by SPARC Japan on October 17, 2017 at 8:27pm

Theme of 2017 International Open Access Week to be “Open in order to…”

In conjunction with this year’s Open Access Week Advisory Committee, SPARC today announces the theme for this year’s 10th International Open Access Week, to be held October 23-29, will be “Open in order to…”.

This year’s theme is an invitation to answer the question of what…


Posted by Nick Shockey on April 24, 2017 at 11:30am

From Nairobi to the World: Open Access Week 2016

Training-the-Trainers of Open Access

The Open Access landscape is changing. As advocates, we ought to be up-to-date with these changes. This is about the Train-the-Trainer platform adopted for Nairobi’s Open Access Week 2016. Inspired by this year’s Open Access Week theme, Open in Action, I thought of a platform where researchers, librarians, students and others who have committed to working in Open could share their experiences on…


Posted by Lilian Juma on February 20, 2017 at 6:00am

Take Action with the new Open Access Button

What better way to take action during Open Access Week than by starting a request for an article or dataset you need? The Open Access Button is here to help!

The Open Access Button has released a new Button for Open Access Week - a simpler, more effective way to get find and request research with the press of a button.

Find and request articles and…


Posted by Chealsye Bowley on October 28, 2016 at 8:31am

Introducing oaDOI: resolve a DOI straight to OA

Most papers that are free-to-read are available thanks to “green OA” copies posted in institutional or subject repositories.  The fact these copies are available for free is fantastic because anyone can read the research, but it does present a major challenge: given the DOI of a paper, how can we find the open version, given there are so many different…


Posted by The Impactstory team on October 28, 2016 at 7:30am

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Open Science National Repository and Institutional Repositories Meeting = Encuentro del Repositorio Nacional y los Repositorios Institucionales de Ciencia Abierta at Mexico

October 23, 2017 to October 27, 2017
The Mexican Council on Science and Technology (CONACYT) implemented the Repositories program with the objective of gathering, preserving and guaranteeing Open Access to scientific, technological and innovative information resources partially or completely generated with public funds. This is a sound step towards the Open Science paradigm in Mexico. Through the implementation of this program the scientific production of more than 90 public and private institutions in the country, it is available…See More
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Lluís Angalda: Difícil panorama del acceso abierto en el contexto de la ciencia abierta at Mexico

October 23, 2017 from 11am to 12pm
En el marco de la décima semana internacional de Acceso Abierto la UNAM ofrece un amplio programa de actividades para promover los beneficios del Acceso Abierto en particular, y de la cultura abierta en lo general.Como parte de dicho programa, la DGTIC-UNAM, ofrece un ciclo de video-conferencias denominado: UNAM UNLOCKED, sobre temas vinculados con el acceso abierto y la ciencia abierta.Las video-conferencias serán impartidas por reconocidos expertos internacionales: …See More
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Cristina Stefanelli posted an event

Open Education: The Moral, Business & Policy Case for OER (webinar) at Italy

October 25, 2017 from 6pm to 7pm
As part of the OpenMed project "Opening up Education in South-Mediterranean countries", we are organizing a webinar about Open Licensing and Copyright in Education with Cable Green, Director of Open Education at Creative Commons.The webinar is part of the OpenMed webinar series on different aspects of Open Education and OER:…See More
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Open Access Week 2017 at South Africa

October 23, 2017 at 6am to October 27, 2017 at 5pm
The University of Venda is celebrating the International Open Access Week 2017 and extends an invitation to all staff and students to come participate in various activities that will be taking placeSee More
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Open Access Week Botswana at Botswana

October 23, 2017 at 7:30am to October 27, 2017 at 4pm
We are introducing programming to people using a open tool called "Scratch 2" we hope to get volunteers who can help increase the number of participants, every is welcome to join in.See More
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US Geological Survey Library posted a blog post

US Geological Survey recognizes Open Access Week

What is Open Access Week?Open Access Week is a globally recognized event that has been held since 2010.  It offers an opportunity for the academic and research community to educate others about the potential benefits of Open Access, to share new developments with colleagues, and to help inspire wider participation resulting in making Open Access a new norm in scholarship and research. The term open access describes materials that are freely accessible online and easily discoverable in an…See More
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Gilda Given Silayo posted a blog post

A Very Brief Introduction to Open Access by Peter Suber

Open Access (OA) literature is digital, online, free of charge, and free ofmost copyright and licensing restrictions. What makes it possible is theinternet and the consent of the author or copyright-holder. OA is entirely compatible with peer review, and all the major OA initiativesfor scientific and scholarly literature insist on its importance. Just asauthors of journal articles donate their labor, so do most journal editorsand referees participating in peer review. OA literature is not free…See More
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Isabel Bernal posted a blog post

DIGITAL.CSIC Open in order to...

Hello everybodyThis year we have built a web site that collects stories and examples of how the repository's contents are being used by the global community. Cases include concrete benefits for researchers, independent scholars, students, caretakers, doctors, journalists, teachers, NGOs, cultural curators, citizen scientists, SMEs, passionates about science and cultural heritage etcetera accessing research outputs by the Spanish National Research Council.…See More
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You are invited to the first-of its-kind 'Open Access Week' to be held in University of Nigeria, Nsukka on 24th October, 2017. The Theme of the event is "Open in Order to Increase Visibility in Teaching and Research". The event is being organised by a group of Open Access Advocates in UNN to mark the International Open Access Week…See More
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Christian Fuchs (@fuchschristian) is the co-editor of tripleC: Communication, Capitalism and Critique an open access journal for critical communication studies which has been running since 2003, and is the editor of University of Westminster Press’ s open access book series…See More
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Paola Di Maio posted a blog post

Open Access Monitoring: Plagiarism and the State of the Art

In the last decade or so, much has happened in the progress of Open Access research and practice, however sadly much of it is the result of scams.In 2013, doctoral research  (completed in 2012) was published in various digital repositories, including the British Library making  a recommendation that various Open Access Monitoring activities should be undertaken across the board, among a number of other…See More
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Dominique Babini posted a blog post

The risk of open access becoming integrated into existing commercial publishing - the need of a global system of non-commercial open access scholarly communications

In this open access week we share our concerns "In Europe and USA scholarly communications have been outsourced and one of the most profitable businesses was built by main international commercial scholarly publishers, which today offer to take care of open access, building a new enclosure to knowledge for the Global South, and distracting governments, funding agencies and the scholarly community, in the North and in the South, from the need to build a global open access ecosystem based on…See More
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