Open Access Week: October 21-27

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International Open Access (OA) Week will be celebrated Oct. 21 – 27, 2019

The theme for the 2019 International Open Access Week is "Open for Whom? Equity in Open Knowledge." This theme encourages global stakeholders to consider whose interests are being prioritized and whose voices may be excluded in the actions taken to make research more open and accessible. It also serves to remind stakeholders to ensure equitable participation in communication about research. Considering these issues may help determine the extent to which emerging open systems for research will address inequities or replicate and reinforce them.

During OA Week, join the discussions and share your comments using the hashtags #OAWeek and #OpenForWhom and find OA related events, news, and resources at

For specific actions consider:

  • Negotiating your author rights when publishing.
  • Fully participating in Duke's OA Policy which applies to all Duke faculty members and provides Duke a license to make scholarly articles authored by Duke faculty freely available via DukeSpace, a Duke University Libraries repository.
  • Engaging in Duke's Open Access community by making your work available through the Duke Research Data Repository (for data, documentation, and software code) and the Duke Digital Repository (for publications).
  • Depositing your scholarly outputs through Scholars@Duke. This site has a tool to help you determine if the journal has provided you with the rights to do this.
  • Applying for COPE funds to help cover publication fees for making your work open access. These funds are available to Duke authors and supported by Duke University Libraries, the Office of the Provost, the School of Medicine, and the School of Nursing.
  • Making sure articles funded by NIH grants and contracts are compliant with the NIH Public Access Policy.
  • Completing the free Wiley Researcher Academy e-learning module "Open Access to Scientific Literature." Note: Registration is required, but accounts are free.
  • Reading more about being part of the OA movement by visiting our Open Access Guide.
  • Exploring Open Access by numbers and Open Access Timeline to see the growth of Open Access.

Karen Barton, Research and Education and Anu Moorthy, Content and Discovery