Open Access Week


"Open Access Week, a global event now entering its tenth year, is an opportunity for the academic and research community to continue to learn about the potential 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.

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 (OA) has the potential to maximize research investments, increase the exposure and use of published research, facilitate the ability to conduct research across available literature, and enhance the overall advancement of scholarship. Research funding agencies, academic institutions, researchers and scientists, teachers, students, and members of the general public are supporting a move towards Open Access in increasing numbers every year. Open Access Week is a key opportunity for all members of the community to take action to keep this momentum moving forward."

Each year, the University of Mississippi Libraries participates in Open Access Week by hosting a variety of presentations, workshops, and panels. The goal is to promote awareness and use of open access materials across campus in order to work toward a more equitable future for research and education.

For Open Access Week 2020, all sessions will be held virtually via Zoom. Register here.

Sessions will be recorded. Please contact Abbie Norris ( for questions and accessibility requests.

Browse the contents of Open Access Week:

Open with Purpose: Open Access Week 2020
Open for Whom? Equity in Open Knowledge: Open Access Week 2019
Designing Equitable Foundations for Open Knowledge: Open Access Week 2018