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Readings for Open Access Week 2021

Published onOct 05, 2020
Readings for Open Access Week 2021

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Open Access Week 2020 is coming up later this month (October 19-28). I hope you'll find good moments to talk with colleagues about OA. To me, that's the main purpose of OA Week. If you can't talk every week with colleagues about OA, then use OA Week as an excuse.

In the pre-pandemic age, you could talk from a stage, your office, their office, a hallway, sidewalk, or café table. Now use Zoom or your favorite Zoom alternative. The effectiveness matters more than the setting, and informal personal settings are usually more effective than formal impersonal ones. Make the case in a way that your colleagues will understand, which you understand because you're their colleague.

But lead with direct conversation, not readings. Take advantage of the give and take of conversation. Show that you can answer the actual concerns your colleagues may have, not to mention the frequently heard questions, objections, and misunderstandings. Help your colleagues understand that there's a serious problem and a beautiful solution.

If you inspire your colleagues to want to act or learn more, then you can follow up with suggested readings. Here's a handful of my own that I can recommend, from shortest to longest. They're all OA, even the books.

Very Brief Introduction to Open Access. 1 page. Available in English and 27 other languages.

How To Make Your Own Work Open Access. 4 pages. Available in English, French, German, Greek, Indonesian, and Spanish. Regularly updated.

Realising the BOAI vision. 4 pages. My top-priority recommendations for different OA stakeholders, in a December 2017 interview with Richard Poynder.

Opening Access to Research. 6 pages. A medium-length intro. From Berfrois, August 24, 2012.

Open Access: Six Myths To Put To Rest. 7 pages. From The Guardian, October 21, 2013.

Open Access Overview. 10 pages. Available in English and 11 other languages. First released in June 2004, last updated December 2015.

Good Practices For University Open-Access Policies. About 90 pages. Co-authored with Stuart Shieber. First released in 2012 and regularly updated.

Open Access. 242 pages. From MIT Press, 2012. In print or OA. Available in English as well as Arabic, Chinese, French, Polish, Spanish, and partially in Greek, with 7 other translations in progress. The book home page is regularly updated with supplements.

Knowledge Unbound. 436 pages. From MIT Press, 2016. In print or OA. Available in English. A Japanese translation is in progress.

My other writings on OA.


On another front, the Open Access Tracking Project is a comprehensive, real-time alert service and searchable database for news and comment about OA. It's built by people like you who tag new developments. Here are some links to use or share during OA Week and beyond.

The most popular unabridged version of the Primary OATP Feed is the email version, and the most popular abridged version is the Twitter version (@oatp).

OATP is looking for volunteer taggers in every niche — by academic field, country, region, language, and OA subtopic. Here’s how to get started or see what’s involved.

Here's a sample of the Secondary OATP Feeds, covering special subtopics.


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