Open Access Week 2017
October 23 - 29 is Open Access Week
What is Open Access?
Open access can be described as the practice of making peer-reviewed scholarly research and literature freely available online to anyone interested in reading it. One of the primary ideas being that research paid by public means should be freely available for all.
Today, much of the scientific material produced and its results are contained within electronic journals that are only available to the academic institutions that pay for access. Individuals outside the academic realm are closed out.
Why Open Access?
The International Open Access Week wants to promote open access and discuss ways of opening up research for more people. The event is held by institutions and organizations across the world who share this goal.
Open access can also be seen as a democratic movement. Institutions in developing nations often do not have the resources needed to access scholarly literature. Open access is a way of increasing availability to valuable knowledge, despite means.
Furthermore, several studies have shown that research published as open access spreads faster and is cited more often. This is one reason why research funding organisations increasingly require open access.
Theme 2017 - "Open in Order to..."
The Open Access Week has a new theme each year. The theme for 2017 is ”Open in order to…” which serves as a call to move beyond talking merely about openness itself. Instead, focus should be on what openness provides in various realms - within an individual discipline, at a particular institution or in a specific context.
Open Access in Sweden
In January 2015 the Swedish Research Council submitted a proposal defining national guidelines for open access within the scientific community. The Swedish Research Council´s position on open access has been developed in collaboration with the Association of Swedish Higher Education (SUHF) and the National Library of Sweden. Most Swedish universities today have an open access policy.
To obtain a research grant, the Swedish Research Council now requires researchers to publish their material in a way that makes it available to all. The public as well as researchers should have free access to all material financed by public means.
OpenAccess.se - Coordination of Open Access to Research Publications in Sweden
National Library of Sweden About Open Access
The Springer Open Access Agreement for Swedish Authors - Springer Compact
The publisher Springer has a consortium agreement with Swedish institutions, negotiated through the BIBSAM Consortium. The agreement provides access to more than 2,000 of Springer’s subscription journals, as well as allowing all authors from participating institutions to publish in journals that offer the open access option. Stockholm School of Economics is a participant in this open access agreement.