GZU Celebrated Open Access Week

 

Open Access Week is an international event held in late October every year. It offers ideas for librarians, students, researchers, administrators, funders and others to connect and show their support for open access. This year’s Open Access Week was on October 24th – 30th 2016, under the theme “Open in Action”, which was all about taking concrete steps to open up research and scholarship and encouraging others to do the same.

 

 

Open access (OA) is the free, immediate, online availability of peer-reviewed scholarly research articles coupled with the rights to use these articles fully in the digital environment. Open Access ensures that everyone interested can access and use these research results. Increasingly, the funders of scholarly research (funding bodies or institutions) are requiring their grant holders to make articles related to their research available to the public, free and without restrictions on re-use.

 

Great Zimbabwe University (GZU) being a new signatory to the Berlin Declaration on Open Access: https://openaccess.mpg.de/Berlin-Declaration, also took part in the one week long celebrations. The GZU Library, in its supports for Open Access, advocated for academics to contribute their research articles to the Institutional Repository: http://ir.gzu.ac.zw:8080/jspui/. The University Community was also encouraged to help raise awareness for Open Access by installing the open access button: https://openaccessbutton.org/in on their web browser and sharing it via social media.  

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