What did you do for Open Access week?
This past week has been the 5th annual international Open Access week. It is part of a world-wide movement to make scholarship and research available to everyone. "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.
The NIH Public Access Policy is just one aspect of this movement. More and more journals are providing open access alternatives and some granting agencies are allowing funds to be set aside to pay for articles to be made available freely to everyone from day one.