The International Open Access Week, now in its 7th year, would be celebrated from 20th to 26th October this year. Open Access in its traditional sense referred to ‘unrestricted online access to peer-reviewed scholarly research’ in the context of publishing but the term ‘open access’ is steadily being applied to other related concepts such as ‘open education’. We, at SpicyIP, have always hailed Open Access initiatives and we covered quite a few OA initiatives on the blog recently (see here and here).
The Open Access Week is organized by Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) every year. The theme for the Open Access Week this year is ‘Generation Open’; SPARC in a press release explains, “The theme will highlight the importance of students and early career researchers as advocates for change in the short-term, through institutional and governmental policy, and as the future of the Academy upon whom the ultimate success of the Open Access movement depends.”
A list of various Open Access events and competitions being organized world-wide is available here; online competitions include an Open Access Week Meme Competition.