Open Access Week starts today.
The week is an international initiative and the University and Bodleian Libraries are running a number of events in support (see attached poster or visit the Open Access Oxford website:http://openaccess.ox.ac.uk/open-access-week-2014-at-oxford).
The international OA Week website describes the initiative as follows:
"Open Access Week, a global event now entering its eighth year, 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." Seehttp://www.openaccessweek.org/page/about.
Open Access is set to be especially important during the run-up to the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2020 on which a substantial part of the University's research funding will depend, as detailed in the Higher Education Funding Council for England's (HEFCE's) Policy for Open Access in the post-2014 Research Excellence Framework. As the HEFCE website says, "The policy states that, to be eligible for submission to the post-2014 REF, authors’ final peer-reviewed manuscripts must have been deposited in an institutional or subject repository on acceptance for publication. Deposited material should be discoverable, and free to read and download, for anyone with an internet connection." [The requirement applies to journal articles and conference proceedings but not monographs.] Seehttp://www.hefce.ac.uk/whatwedo/rsrch/rinfrastruct/oa/policy.
Open Access @ Oxford events are being coordinated by Juliet Ralph, the Open Access Subject Librarian (firstname.lastname@example.org).