October 21-27, 2019 is Open Access Week. This yearly celebration is an opportunity for academic and research communities to broaden their knowledge of Open Access publishing, to teach others of its benefits, and to continue efforts to bring Open Access to the forefront by inspiring wider participation and awareness.
Open Access helps authors reach broader audiences and allows anyone to read, share, and reuse research without the restrictions of traditional publishing. With the power to transform how medical and scientific research is conducted, Open Access has direct and widespread implications for academia, medicine, science, and for society as a whole. Over the past 20 years, open research has surged from as few as 523 articles in 2001 to as much as 45% of all new research publications.
Striving to bring the best to our communities, Levy Library provides programming each year that highlights various aspects of scholarly publishing. In 2018, we hosted a mini-conference that offered a comprehensive introduction to the world of Open Access from experts in the field. Earlier this month, in collaboration with the ISMMS Postdoc Writing Group, Levy Library brought together Open Access specialists and Mount Sinai community members for an event focused on the what, why, and how of preprint publishing. Open Access Week is a key opportunity for all members of the community to take action to keep the momentum moving forward.
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