Open Access Week

11th International Open Access Week will be held October 22-28, 2018. The theme of the week is "Designing Equitable Foundations for Open Knowledge". This year's theme reflects a scholarly system in transition. While governments, funders, universities, publishers, and scholars are increasingly adopting open policies and practices, how these are actually implemented is still in flux. As open becomes the default, all stakeholders must be intentional about designing these new, open systems to ensure that they are inclusive, equitable, and truly serve the needs of a diverse global community. This year's Open Access Week invites all interested stakeholders to participate in advancing this important work.

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.

The library will have a showing of the new documentary " Paywall: The Business of Scholarship" on Monday October 22 at 2:30pm in V101. The showing is open to everyone and free admission.

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

OA-Week-2018-Post-TwitterReykjavik 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.

There are two main routes to OA publishing; the golden route and the green route.

  • The golden route is publication in OA journals which usually entails costs which falls to the author or the author's institution.

  • The green route consists in concurrent publication and archiving in a repository, either institutional or a subject repository. Information on the OA publication strategy of individual publishers and journals is accessible at SherpaRomeo.


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