What is Open Access?
It refers to free online access to peer-reviewed journals across the globe. Why should you, the budding medical professional, care about Open Access? In brief, Open Access has the potential to improve patient care and education, to innovations in medical research, to improve global health equity, and to provide public access to the results of our federal research dollars. Not convinced, you can read more of my thoughts here: 6 Reasons Open Access Matters to the Medical Community.
What is Open Access Week?
Open Access Week, now in its 5th year is a week dedicated to advocating for Open Access. Organized by the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) and the Right to Research Coalition of which AMSA is a member. This week is an opportunity to learn about Open Access, educate your peers, and advocate for Open Access at your institution. This year there is a new student action guide to Open Access and two flagship student webcasts which will occur during the week. Read the Open Access Week student action guide now.
The action guide will serve as a launching point for planning the week, with tons of examples for how to get involved. From ambitious projects to something as simple as writing an article or raising awareness of Open Access through Facebook and Twitter, the guide has all kinds of ideas, and there’s something for everyone. Whatever it is, pick a way to participate in Open Access Week and join the other students around the world engaging thousands (tens of thousands? millions?) on their campuses and in their organizations!
The webcasts will feature leading figures from the Open Access movement talking directly to students about the impact of Open Access to research and the crucial role of students in making Open Access a reality on their campuses, in their fields of study, and as the new default mode of communication. It will also be a two-way conversation – each webcast will have a live Q&A session for students to ask questions, delve deeper into topics, and get advice.
SAVE THE DATES: The first webcast will be broadcast on Monday, October 24th at 8:00pm EDT (12:00am GMT). The second will be broadcast on Wednesday, October 26th at 12:00pm EDT(4:00pm GMT). No matter where you are in the world, plan to tune in for at least one of the webcasts! Get the details: Open Access Week Webcasts.