International Open Access Week is a global event now in its 6th year. It aims to share information and increase awareness and understanding of Open Access, the effects it will have on the whole scholarly communication process and those involved with this, and the measures and plans being put in place to manage its impact. Here at SAGE we are delighted to be supporting this initiative on a global scale. Open Access has a distinct impact not only on us as publishers but on our stakeholders and industry partners, and we are committed to working through these changes together. Open Access Week is a great opportunity to draw attention to the discussions on an international scale and to share ideas through engaged discussions.
OA isn’t new to SAGE. It has been just over a year and a half since we launched SAGE Open: the only broad-spectrum open access journal for the humanities and social science. It has reached several landmarks this year, having published its 100th article and having been honoured with an Annual Award for Publication Excellence (APEX) in the category of New Magazines & Journals. In addition SAGE Open Medicine, SAGE Open Medical Case Reports and SAGE Open Engineering joined the SAGE Open family in June and very excitingly have just started accepting manuscripts!
Alongside SAGE Open, we have also had a busy year discussing open access with both our society and library partners. This has culminated in a roundtable, run in association with the British Library and a suite of research-led resources for the librarian community including; Moving towards an open access future: the role of academic libraries”, “Working Together: evolving value for academic libraries” and “Improving Discoverability of Content in the Twenty-First Century”.
Understanding and being a part of the OA debate, to ensure that we are effectively supporting our partner’s changing needs and navigating the challenges with them, is of key importance to us. Throughout OA week we will be partaking in several debates and panel discussions. These include:
- Lucy Robinson, Journals Publisher, SAGE will be taking part in the panel discussion “Open Access: UK Open Access Policies: Finch, the RC-UKs, and Beyond” on 23 October 2012 at 11am at the HighWire Meeting, Stanford University
- Louise Skeilding, Senior Publishing Editor, SAGE will be presenting on OA at Dundee University on 24 October 2012
- Jim Gilden, Editor for SAGE Open Sales, will be participating in OA Week activities at Rutgers University (October 23), Northeastern University (October 25), and University of Victoria (October 26)
- Will Schweitzer, Senior Journals Publisher, SAGE, will take part in University of Kansas OA week festivities
Summaries of each of the presentations and their key takeaways will be appearing here over the next week. Make sure you keep an eye on SAGE Connection for further news, debate and discussion throughout Open Access Week!