Open Access Week is a global event (now in its fourth year) which promotes “Open Access” to information – the free, immediate, online access to the results of scholarly research, and the right to use and re-use those results as needed. Proponents of Open Access believe that it has the power to transform the way research and scientific inquiry are conducted, thereby having a direct and widespread affect on academia, medicine, science, industry, and on society as a whole.
What does Open Access mean for students? The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) has created the Right to Research Coalition website, focused on Open Access issues geared specifically to students. Learn about how Open Access improves the educational experience, democratizes access to research, advances research, and improves the visibility and impact of scholarship. The Coalition is based on the belief that no student should be denied access to the articles they need because their institution cannot afford the often high cost of access. Join the movement!