What is Open Access?
It refers to free online access to peer-reviewed journals across the globe. Why should you, the budding medical professional, care about Open Access? In brief, Open Access has the potential to improve patient care and education, to innovations in medical research, to improve global health equity, and to provide public access to the results of our federal research dollars. Not convinced, you can read more of my thoughts here: 6 Reasons Open Access Matters to the Medical Community.
What is Open Access Week?
Open Access Week, now in its 5th year is a week dedicated to advocating for Open Access. Organized by the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) and the Right to Research Coalition of which AMSA is a member. This week is an opportunity to learn about Open Access, educate your peers, and advocate for Open Access at your institution. This year there is a new student action guide to Open Access and two flagship student webcasts which will occur during the week. Read the Open Access Week student action guide now.
The action guide will serve as a launching point for planning the week, with tons of examples for how to ...