Open Access Week

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A PhD Comics special for Open Access Week 2012
A cake baked for Open Access Week 2010 celebrations at the University of Lincoln, featuring the Open Access logo
A web banner (in Swedish) for a Wikipedia edit-a-thon during Open Access Week 2015
A stencil and a card with the text "Open Access Week"

Open Access Week is an annual scholarly communication event focusing on open access and related topics. It takes place globally during the last full week of October in a multitude of locations both on- and offline. Typical activities include talks, seminars, symposia, or the announcement of open access mandates or other milestones in open access. For instance, the Royal Society chose Open Access Week 2011 to announce that they would release the digitized backfiles of their archives, dating from 1665 to 1941.[1]


Example event, a symposium at the University of Arizona, October 25, 2011[2]

Open Access Week has its roots in the National Day of Action for Open Access on February 15, 2007, organized across the United States by Students for Free Culture and the Alliance for Taxpayer Access.[3] In 2008, October 14 was designated Open Access Day, and the event became global.[4] In 2009, the event was expanded to a week, from October 19–23.[5] In 2010, it took place from October 18–24.[6] From 2011 onwards, it is taking place at the last full week of October each year.[7]


In early years, organisations celebrating Open Access Week set their own themes. Since 2012, an 'official' theme was established and received special attention at the corresponding kick-off events held at the World Bank.

  • In 2020, the theme is "Open with Purpose: Taking Action to Build Structural Equity and Inclusion"[8]
  • In 2019, the theme was "Open for Whom? Equity in Open Knowledge"[9]
  • In 2018, the theme was "Designing Equitable Foundations for Open Knowledge"[10]
  • In 2017, the theme was "Open In Order To"[11]
  • In 2016, the theme was "Open in Action."[12]
  • In 2015, the theme was "Open for Collaboration."[13]
  • In 2014, the theme was "Generation Open."[14]
  • In 2013, the theme was "redefining impact."[15]
  • In 2012, the theme was "set the default to open access."[16]


Details of Open Access Week events are recorded in the "Events" section of the Open Access Directory.[17] They are also listed on the Open Access Week website, where over 140 events were listed for Open Access Week 2013.[18]

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  1. ^ "Royal Society journal archive made permanently free to access". The Royal Society. 26 October 2011. Retrieved 25 September 2013. (WebCite)
  2. ^ The Future of Data: Open Access and Reproducibility (WebCite)
  3. ^ Announcing the National Day of Action for Open Access: Feb. 15 Archived 2013-02-05 at WebCite (WebCite)
  4. ^ First Open Access Day to be held October 14, 2008 (WebCite).
  5. ^ "Open Access Week declared for 2009". SPARC. 5 March 2009. Retrieved 25 September 2013. (WebCite)
  6. ^ Open Access Week 2010 declared for October 18 to 24 (Webcite).
  7. ^ "Open Access Week 2011 Dates announced". Open Access Week. 17 December 2010. Retrieved 25 September 2013. (WebCite)
  8. ^ Shockey, Nick (31 August 2020). "Theme of 2020 Open Access Week to be Open with Purpose: Taking Action to Build Structural Equity and Inclusion". Open Access Week. Retrieved 12 October 2020.
  9. ^ Shockey, Nick. "Theme of 2019 International Open Access Week To Be "Open for Whom? Equity in Open Knowledge"". Retrieved 6 September 2019.
  10. ^ "Theme of 2018 International Open Access Week To Be "Designing Equitable Foundations for Open Knowledge"". Retrieved 2018-10-08.
  11. ^ "Theme of 2017 International Open Access Week to be "Open in order to…"". Retrieved 2017-09-30.
  12. ^ "Theme of 2016 International Open Access Week to be "Open in Action"". May 12, 2016.
  13. ^ "Theme of 2015 Open Access Week to be "Open for Collaboration"". March 4, 2015.
  14. ^ "SPARC and the World Bank to co-host kickoff event for 2014 International Open Access Week". International Open Access Week. July 15, 2014.
  15. ^ "Redefining Impact Through Open Access". World Bank. October 18, 2013.
  16. ^ "Open Access Week 2012". Electronic Information for Libraries (EIFL). October 23, 2013. Archived from the original on 2013-09-03.
  17. ^ "Events". Open Access Directory. US: Simmons School of Library and Information Science. OCLC 757073363. Retrieved 19 October 2015.
  18. ^ "Upcoming events". Open Access Week. Retrieved 23 October 2013.

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