International Open Access Week, 19-25 October 2015

Posted on Wednesday, October 7 2015







As part of International Open Access week the Research & Knowledge Exchange Office will be running a series of events across the university, some of which are Faculty specific. Join in and find out more.

A global event now entering its eighth year, International Open Access Week is an opportunity for the academic and research community to continue to learn about the potential benefits of Open Access, to share what they’ve learned with colleagues, and to help inspire wider participation in helping to make Open Access a new norm in scholarship and research.

What is Open Access?

Open access is free, unrestricted access to peer-reviewed scholarly research literature and data.

Why do it?

Publicly-funded research should be made freely available to the community who support it.


To members of public

  • Allows access to journal articles without restrictions of costs and time delay
  • Reveals the latest medical discoveries and breakthroughs (which may save your life)
  • Gives crucial information  freely to medical professionals, students and nurses in developing countries so saving thousands of lives
  • Enriches the educational experience of millions of students and teachers around the world (who otherwise cannot afford subscriptions to prestigious journals).

To academics

  • Removes  barriers  to networking and sharing research
  • Increases exposure and use of publications
  • Facilitates interdisciplinary collaboration and new discoveries
  • Increase usage, citations and impact].

For more information and a full list of events please visit the Research Blog.