Readings for Open Access Week.

I hope you'll talk about open access with colleagues next week, which happens to be Open Access Week. Actually I hope you talk about OA at every opportune moment. If an opportune moment doesn't come up every week, then use OA Week as the occasion. In my view, that's the main purpose of OA Week. Talk from a stage, your office, a hallway, a sidewalk, or a café table. The setting doesn't matter. Or if it does, personal settings may matter more than impersonal ones. Make the case in a way that your colleagues will understand, which you understand because you're their colleague. 

If you inspire your colleagues to want to act, or learn more, then follow up with readings. Here are half a dozen of my own pieces that I can recommend, from shortest to longest.

But don't lead with readings. Lead with face-to-face conversation. Help people understand that there's a serious problem and a beautiful solution.

Very Brief Introduction to Open Access. (1 page; available in English and 20 other languages.)
http://legacy.earlham.edu/~peters/fos/brief.htm

How To Make Your Own Work Open Access. (4 pages; available in English, Greek, and Spanish.)
http://bit.ly/how-oa

Open Access: Six Myth To Put To Rest. (7 pages; from The Guardian, October 21, 2013.)
http://goo.gl/fzzdB6

Open Access Overview. (10 pages; available in English and 10 other languages.)
http://bit.ly/oa-overview

Good Practices For University Open-Access Policies. (87 pages; with +Stuart Shieber.)
http://bit.ly/goodoa 

Open Access. (242 pages with an extra 25+ pages of updates and supplements; from MIT Press, 2012; available in English and Polish, partially in Greek, with 10 other translations in progress.)
http://bit.ly/oa-book 

My other writings on OA.
http://bit.ly/suber-oa-writings

Happy OA Week!

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