Open Access Week

12th International Open Access Week will be held October 21-27, 2019. The theme of the week is "Open for whom? Equity in Open Knowledge".

As the transition to a system for sharing knowledge that is open by default accelerates, the question “open for whom?” is essential—both to consider and to act upon. Whose interests are being prioritized in the actions we take and in the platforms that we support? Whose voices are excluded? Are underrepresented groups included as full partners from the beginning? Are we supporting not only open access but also equitable participation in research communication? These questions will determine the extent to which emerging open systems for research will address inequities in the current system or replicate and reinforce them.

This year's theme will build on the groundwork laid last year when discussions focused on “Designing Equitable Foundations for Open Knowledge.” The 2018 theme highlighted the importance of making a central commitment to equity as we transition toward new systems for sharing knowledge, and the past twelve months have only seen the pace of that transition increase. Because of this, the Open Access Week Advisory Committee decided it was important to focus on equity again in 2019—to deepen our conversations about being inclusive by design and to turn those conversations into action.

Participating in Open Access Week is a joint collaboration between the university libraries in Iceland as part of an international awakening on financing and publishing research.

Documentary on open access: "Paywall: The Business of Scholarship". Jason Schmitt, producer and director, is a professor at Clackson University in Potsdam, NY.

OpenAIRE and Fosters have a series of webinars and tutorials for the week.

Vika opins aðgangs 2019

Reykjavik University has an Open Access Policy.

Open Access is free public access to full-text published research articles that were payed for by public funding and the public has the right to access and read for free without having to pay for it again.

When publishing in open access several options are possible. Green Open Access is well known and involves allowing simultaneous publication in an open access institutional repository (e.g. Opin vísindi, Hirslan). If the copyright agreement permits the published article is submitted to the repository, if not the post-print (per reviewed) or pre-print (pre refereeing) is submitted.

SherpaRomeo provides information regarding publisher´s open access policies and self-archiving permissions in institutional repositories.


  • OA strategy of the Icelandic Centre for Research (Rannis)

  • OA strategy of the European Union.

  • Open access - H2020 Online manual - European Union

  • Plan S - Founders are Science Europe along with other stakeholders in research.

    “With effect from 2021, all scholarly publications on the results from research funded by public or private grants provided by national, regional and international research councils and funding bodies, must be published in Open Access Journals, on Open Access Platforms, or made immediately available through Open Access Repositories without embargo.” Principles and implementation of Plan S.

  • Coalition S - a coalition of national research funding organisations, with the support of the European Commission and the European Research Council (ERC). The Coalition has agreed to implement the principles of Plans S. All research funders; both private and public, interested to join the coalition are invited to do so.

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