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Established by SPARC and partners in the student community in 2008, International Open Access Week is happening worldwide between 19 and 23 October 2020 with the theme:

Open with Purpose: Taking Action to Build Structural Equity and Inclusion

The Office of Scholarly Communication prepared various activities to mark this year’s theme during the celebratory week which you can explore in this page.

OA Week 2020 blog series

Open Access for Librarians: Putting Together the Puzzle

To launch our Open Access Week 2020 series of blogs, Claire Sewell, Research Librarian, reflects on her time training library staff in research support at Cambridge University Library, including the most common open access questions that come up during her sessions.

Open Access and REF 2021: “Is This Article Non-Compliant?”

Dr Debbie Hansen reflects on the Open Access Team’s efforts to ensure REF compliance for the REF Open Access policy. It’s not as straightforward as it might seem at first glance, as Dr Hansen explains.

Research Data at Cambridge – highlights of the year so far

It has been a busy year for the data team, and in this blog, Dr Sacha Jones discusses highlights from the year so far. In particular, Dr Jones shares the success of the Data Champion programme in reaching a growing number of arts, humanities and social sciences disciplines. 

What questions reveal about researchers’ attitudes to Open Access

Over the last academic year, we trained over 300 researchers on Open Research. In our next #OpenAccessWeek2020 blog, Dr Bea Gini, explores what the common questions may reveal about how researchers relate to the idea of OA.

Open access: fringe or mainstream?

In our final Open Access Week 2020 blog, Dr Arthur Smith discusses the transition of OA from the fringe to the mainstream. What will the future hold for OA, and what will be the role of institutional repositories in the years to come? 


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