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Open Access Initiatives from around the World

A guide on OA initiatives as part of celebrating International OA Week!

Open Access (OA) is Global!

The Open Access (OA) and Open Science (OS) movement encompasses the whole globe. But, its implementation varies from country to country and from region to region. This year's theme for OA Week is “It Matters How We Open Knowledge: Building Structural Equity.” This research guide highlights the wide variety of initiatives being developed across the world by region.  Also, each section of the guide includes articles about the opportunities, challenges, and strategies of implementing OA initiatives by specific countries or regions. 


Quoting from SPARC* (The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) press release about International OA Week:

Diversity, equity, and inclusion must be consistently prioritized year-round and integrated into the fabric of the open community, from how our infrastructure is built to how we organize community discussions to the governance structures we use. International Open Access Week is an important opportunity to catalyze new conversations, create connections across and between communities that can facilitate this co-design, and advance progress to build more equitable foundations for opening knowledge—discussions and actions that need to be continued, year in and year out. (August 12, 2021)

Below is a selection of global-level initiatives and articles for your perusal:

Publisher Initiatives 

International publishers are joining the OA movement and offering new options for authors to publish their content OA. Below are some examples of publishers' platforms that support OA!


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