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Open Access Week October 22 – 28, 2012

What is Open Access? “Open Access” to information – the free, immediate, online access to the results of scholarly research, and the right to use and re-use those results as you need – has the power to transform the way research and scientific inquiry are conducted. It has direct and widespread implications for academia, medicine, science, industry, and for society as a whole.

Open Access Week, a global event now in its 6th year, is an opportunity for the academic and research community to continue to learn about the 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. In 2012 University Libraries staff are partnering with volunteers from graduate student government groups (GAPSA and COGS) to promote Open Access issues across UMN Twin Cities campuses.

The University of Minnesota Libraries are committed to helping authors and editors explore the publishing options that make sense for them. We support and encourage use of Open Access options, recognizing the benefits that Open Access provides to authors, to the University, to the people of Minnesota, and to scholars and others all over the world.


UMN Open Access Publishing Fund (New Fall 2012!)

This recently-established fund to support authors' costs in making their works openly accessible is a joint effort of the University Libraries and the Office of the Vice President for Research. All UMN authors will be eligible to apply for funding. More details on the Open Access Publishing Fund

Learn more about Open Access


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Open Access Explained!

The folks at PHD Comics have released an informative new video explaning the details of open access. Take a look: