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October 25, 2021

Celebrating Open Access Week 2021

Open Access Week begins today, and this year’s theme is ‘It Matters How We Open Knowledge: Building Structural Equity‘.

This topic prompts us to consider the ways in which we can all help build an open knowledge ecosystem, where everyone has an equal opportunity to contribute to and access high quality open research.

Australia’s Chief Scientist, Dr Cathy Foley, has identified Open Access (OA) as a key strategy for breaking down barriers and reaching people around the world, including those not supported by well-resourced institutions. It is highlighted as one of the four key pillars of her strategic work plan.

Open access publishing also creates opportunities to promote diverse voices, including the work of Indigenous researchers, LGBTQI+ authors and others who have often found themselves excluded from traditional publishing models.

Graphic banner with the words It matters how we open knowledge: building structural equity in various languages

Open Access Week events

Open Access Australasia has organised a program of thought-provoking panels and presentations with a variety of expert speakers. Topics include:

You can find out more and register for the sessions on the Open Access Australasia website.

Open up your research with Green Open Access in Deakin Research Online (DRO)

Even if your research is published in a traditional subscription access journal, often you can make a copy openly available in an institutional repository, such as Deakin Research Online (DRO). This is called Green Open Access or the author self-archiving model.

There are many advantages to Green OA in DRO:

To find out more about making your own research openly accessible, visit Deakin’s Open Access Resource Guide.

You can also explore the vast trove of open access research created at Deakin through Deakin Research Online (DRO). More than 25% of the records in DRO are now open access, meaning 30,000+ publications are freely available to anyone in the world.

Get in touch

If you have any queries about open access publishing, finding open access resources or making your research openly accessible, Deakin Library staff are more than happy to assist you. To direct your query:

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