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Celebrating Open Access publishing Oct. 18-24

October 15, 2010

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SFU is a leader in promoting Open Access publishing, an alternative to commercial academic publishing that makes scholarly journals freely available online to everyone.

That’s why SFU is celebrating Open Access Week, Oct. 18-24, with events about authors’ rights, free textbooks and copyright bill C-32. There’s also a keynote presentation, “A Critical Theory of Open in the Digital Era”, featuring SFU communication professor Andrew Feenberg and Stanford University professor John Willinsky, on Thursday, Oct. 21, 11 am-12:30 pm, WAC Bennett Library, room 2020.

Gwen Bird, associate university librarian, collections services, says the celebratory week is an international initiative with events taking place all over the world.

While Open Access is a sustainable alternative to commercial academic presses, Bird says there's a commonly held perception that Open Access publications are not peer reviewed.

“But that's not true,” she says. “We're talking about high-quality peer reviewed work. It's just that the funding model for publication is different, and authors retain their rights rather than signing them over to a commercial publisher."

She says that students, researchers, publishers, advocacy groups and librarians are all working together to raise awareness about issues in scholarly publishing.

"The whole idea is to extend the reach of research by not having published articles behind subscription barriers."

Reservations for the Oct. 21 event are required, but the keynote will be webcast. For information about all the events visit http://www.lib.sfu.ca/open-access-2010

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