How We Open Knowledge: Scholastica users share their stories

“In the progression of the Open Access (OA) movement, it’s become resoundingly apparent that true accessibility isn’t just about making research free to read but also making publishing practices more equitable. If we are to realize the Budapest Open Access Initiative’s vision to “lay the foundation for uniting humanity in a common intellectual conversation and quest for knowledge,” all stakeholders must have an opportunity to contribute to OA models, not just those historically in positions of power.

The theme for this year’s OA Week (October 25-31), “It Matters How We Open Knowledge: Building Structural Equity,” invites the academic community to weigh the current state of OA and what’s needed to promote greater Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) throughout the research ecosystem. At Scholastica, we were particularly drawn to the phrase “how we open knowledge” as a means to elicit discourse and, more importantly, action around the various ways scholarly organizations of all sizes are and can develop more equitable OA journal models. We’re proud to work with so many scholarly societies, academic institutions, and scholar-led non-profits publishing path-breaking OA journals committed to not only opening access to research but also lowering the cost of knowledge production. In honor of OA Week, we decided to reach out to some of those journal teams to ask them to share their take on the prompt “how we open knowledge.”

Throughout OA Week, we’ll be posting a series of interviews with Scholastica users on how they’re factoring structural equity into OA publication planning and advice for scholarly organizations looking to launch fully-OA journals….”

Building Structural Equity in Open Access | blog

“In celebration of International Open Access Week, arXiv will host a free panel discussion, Thirty Years of Open Access: Challenges and Opportunities for Building Structural Equity. This hybrid virtual and in-person event will feature open access leaders from arXiv, AfricArXiv, and UCLA. We’ll discuss how this movement has grown and evolved — and look ahead at the next 30 years to ask: what opportunities can we seize to ensure that the open access movement continues to equalize and democratize access to research? What challenges must we overcome to truly serve all researchers around the world?…”

bioRxiv & medRxiv; Communicating at the Speed of Science

“Preprint servers bioRxiv & medRxiv have experienced unprecedented growth and attention during these past 18 months as they have contributed to the scientific community’s collaborative response to the present international health crisis. The frequent reports in mass-media outlets alone, after January 2020, demonstrate that bioRxiv and medRxiv are becoming recognized Open Science digital repositories that are at the center of rapidly disseminating scientific research freely throughout the world.

Please join us on Oct 26th at 11am for our inaugural session during Open Access Week 2021 as the Harvard Library welcomes Richard Sever, Assistant Director Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press & Co-founder of the preprint servers bioRxiv and medRxiv. Dr. Sever will share his observations and reflections on the exponential growth and impact that preprints have had on advancing scientific communication during this unprecedented time.”

Open Access (OA) Week – Support SCOSS in Providing Funding for Three Essential Services for the Open Research Community – LIBER Europe

“This year’s theme intentionally aligns with the recently released UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science, of which Open Access is a crucial component. Circulated in draft form following discussion by representatives of UNESCO’s 193 member countries, the Recommendation powerfully articulates and centres the importance of equity in pursuing a future for scholarship that is open by default….

The Global Sustainability Coalition for Open Science Services (SCOSS), a part of SPARC Europe, has successfully supported two pledging rounds for Open Science Infrastructures (OSIs) helping them secure a sustainable future. To date, SCOSS has facilitated reaching over €3.3m in pledges for DOAJ, Jisc’s Sherpa Romeo, DOAB and OAPEN, PKP and OpenCitations.

The mission of SPARC Europe is to provide leadership to Europe’s Higher Education and research communities and those that support it to enable the conditions and opportunities to maximise the access and re-use of Europe’s research and educational resources for all whilst respecting diversity and equity. This closely aligns with LIBER’s own mission to provide an information infrastructure to help research in LIBER’s institutions to be world-class and ensuring intellectual freedom and access to scholarship.

SCOSS now launches its third pledging round: we are asking the research community to please support arXiv, Redalyc/AmeliCA,and DSpace. These three services are all deemed “essential infrastructures” by SCOSS….”


Open Access Week 2021 | Open Access Australasia

“This year Open Access Australasia, through its OA Week practitioners’ group and in consultation with the wider open access community, has planned a festival of thoughtful panels and topical presentations for OA week 2021.

In keeping with the theme of Building Structural Equity we will be looking at, using open science to combat global challenges, openness through a First Nations lens, the benefits and barriers to OERs, what open means for different disciplines, accessibility, and non-technical communication, as well as hacking OA, shaking up research assessment and how different parts of the open knowledge ecosystem interacts….”

Open Access Week: Opening Knowledge Equitably in an Inequitable System, by Natalia Norori

“The University Libraries present an online talk by Natalia Norori, a global health professional, in celebration of Open Access Week. Norori will speak on the topic, “Opening Knowledge Equitably in an Inequitable System.” In order to open knowledge equitably, open research should enable people from all backgrounds to learn about and contribute to topics important to them and their communities. However, this is not always the case. In this talk, we will reflect on the challenges faced by early career researchers who are traditionally excluded from research, including cultural, ideological, and practical barriers. Open research could play a crucial role in building structural equity, but to do so, it should put the needs of marginalized communities and minority groups at its core. This space will provide an opportunity to discuss how opening research inclusively can help build better research practices, and move us towards a fair and equitable system.”

Funding OA Book Publishing: New Initiatives at Cambridge, Michigan, and MIT

“Finding sustainable ways to fund open access scholarly book publishing is not easy. Over the last few years, university presses have been experimenting with different business models which would enable them to publish monographs without charging authors thousands of dollars in processing charges. This panel brings together representatives from three well known university presses – Cambridge, Michigan, and MIT – which have each launched such an innovative initiative. While each of the three models has its own unique features, they share the strategy of utilizing library collection budgets to fund OA book publishing. Please join us to learn more about them and the future of openly published scholarly monographs.”

Budapest Open Access Initiative: 20 Years On

“Twenty years ago the Budapest Open Access Initiative (BOAI) released a statement of strategy and commitment to advocating for and realizing open access infrastructures across diverse institutions around the world.  In this episode we have the opportunity to hear from four individuals who have been part of that journey and work since the beginning: Melissa Hagemann, Senior Program Officer at Open Society Foundations; Peter Suber from Harvard Office for Scholarly Communication; Iryna Kuchma, Manager of the Open Access Program at Electronic Information for Libraries (EIFL) and Dominique Babini, Open Science Advisor at CLACSO, the Latin American Council of Social Sciences. …”

Unlocking knowledge for social equity – Whooshkaa

“To celebrate international Open Access week 2021, UTS Library is taking a closer look at how the UTS community can prioritise unlocking knowledge through open education and open research to support social equity and inclusion.

UTS Library’s Scholarly Communications Manager, Scott Abbott, sat down with leading voice in the open access movement Peter Suber, who is currently the Director of the Harvard Office for Scholarly Communication and Director of the Harvard Open Access Project.


In this interview, Peter sets the scene for global scholarly communications, dissects how Australia sits within the context of open infrastructure and explores some of the current risks and opportunities of the open access movement….”

NOVA FCSH celebra Mês da Ciência Aberta 2021 em outubro

Google translate: “Open Science Month takes place in October, an initiative promoted by the NOVA FCSH’s Open Science Working Group, with several debates, workshops, webinars and dissemination initiatives. This initiative is part of the global celebration of the International Open Access Week, organized annually by SPARC. This year, the International Open Access Week (25 to 31 October) has the theme “It matters how we open up knowledge: Building structural equity”, and the NOVA FCSH Working Group will launch during this month the campaign “Open Science for All”. …

The Open Science Month at NOVA FCSH consists of sessions that will always be held online, mainly through the ZOOM platform. The complete program can be found below, as well as the links for registration in the respective sessions:

Webinar “Editorial quality and visibility of the magazines: the Latindex experience October 11, 2pm-3pm, Colibri Platform / ZOOM…”

Open Access Week events will feature the university’s new open access policy | VTx | Virginia Tech

“Beginning Oct. 25, Open Access Week will offer talks, panel discussions, and workshops to help Virginia Tech authors understand the importance of sharing their scholarship and how to do so. A key topic of discussion throughout the week is the university’s new open access policy.

Kevin McGuire, a professor in Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation and an Open Access Policy Working Group member, will discuss the new policy….

Also on that Monday from 6-8 p.m., experts from Virginia Tech and Harvard University will discuss the new open access policy. This feature presentation will dive into how the open access policy works, how it was developed, and why it’s important. Peter Suber from Harvard University’s Office of Scholarly Communication and members of the open access working group will answer questions from attendees regarding the open access policy. The presentation will be followed by introductions to open data and open educational resources….”

Open Access Publishing: Costs, Benefits and Myths | CSUN University Library

“Open Access Week is a time for both celebration of the open sharing of knowledge and general reflection on the state of academic publishing. In March 2020 the California State University system announced a groundbreaking “transformative” subscription agreement with Elsevier, one of the world’s largest academic publishers of scholarly journals across all disciplines.

The agreement allows CSU campuses fee-free access to CSU faculty’s works published in participating Elsevier Science Direct journals, regardless of subscription status, as well as providing for fee-per-article open-access publishing to our faculty.

As this pilot agreement is up for review in 2021, now may be a good time to reflect upon its impact. Our presenters and panelists will take a deep dive into the outcomes and sustainability of this transformative “Read and Publish-Plus” arrangement….”

Milner Library recognizes Open Access Week, October 25-31 | Illinois State University, US

“Join Milner Library for a series of events and workshops to explore sharing knowledge during Open Access Week 2021. Open Access Week is an international recognition week that highlights the benefits of making information free, online, and open for all to use. This important observance gives campus the opportunity to learn, share, help, and transform the way research is conducted. This year, Open Access Week takes place October 25-31. The 2021 theme is “It Matters How We Open Knowledge: Building Structural Equity.” Throughout the week Milner Library will highlight the importance of open access materials, information, and issues….”