Open Access Week 2018

OA week iconWhat is it about?

Open Access Week is a global event celebrating all things open access. It originally started as a local event in 2007 organised by SPARC on a few campuses in the USA. Today, International Open Access Week is held in hundreds of locations across the globe. As the Week became more established across the institutions, themes were being proposed for each Week ahead of time to allow institutions explore common topics of interest, should they wish to.

This year’s theme of the International Open Access Week:

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As open access becomes the norm in all parts of the world, there is a need to design open systems to deliver open access to enable true inclusivity and equity across the diverse, global community.

What are we doing at City?

Our priority this year is to raise awareness of open access and reach out to our research and student community. We will be posting a series of blog posts focusing on various topics we think our readers will find interesting and informative.


  • Come and see our book display in the library on level 5 and, as you come in to the library, our Open Access Week display board.

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  • Come and watch a documentary focusing on open access, Paywall: The business of scholarship. When? Wednesday 24th October at 12.30 pm in B103 (University Building). Don’t forget to bring your lunch and gain an insight into the profit margins of some academic publishers.
  • Come and find out over lunch about open access at City with speakers from the Library and Research Office. When? Tuesday 23rd October at 12.30 pm in C313 (Tait Building).
  • Sign up for this and other events on the City Events website. 

We will also be tweeting and retweeting interesting posts using hashtags #oaweek and #Cityoaweek.



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