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Open Access: How Institutions Can Support OA

An Overview of Our Changing System of Scholarly Communication

Open Access Week

Open Access Week is a global event that was initiated in 2007. Its purpose is to promote open access as a new norm in scholarship and research. Stay tuned for details of CSHL's Open Access Week 2012 activities (to be held October 22-28, 2012).

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Some Common Ways That Institutions Currently Support OA

There are many ways that universities, research laboratories, libraries, and other institutions can support open access, ranging from simply providing information to enacting open access policies and establishing institutional repositories:

Additional Ways That Institutions Can Support OA

In addition to specific programs that promote open access, institutions can do business differently and provide support services that enable open access publishing:

  • Purchasing institutional subscriptions that provide discounts on open-access publication fees
  • Negotiating open access agreements with publishers
  • Providing copyright advisory services to researchers
  • Providing assistance in the conversion of institution-based journals to open access journals
  • Forming academic centers devoted to scholarly publishing, e.g., Center for Digital Research and Scholarship at Columbia University

UNESCO Supports OA

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) supports open access to scientific information, with particular emphasis on African and other developing countries.

International Programs

The open access movement is international in scope and extends to developing and emerging countries through programs that provide free or low-cost access to research publications and other services: