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 some suggested readings. Here are half a dozen of my own that I can recommend, from shortest to longest.

But don't lead with readings. Lead with face-to-face conversation. Welcome the back and forth. Show that you can answer the actual questions or concerns your colleague may have, not to mention the frequently heard questions, objections, and misunderstandings. Help your colleague understand that there's a serious problem and a beautiful solution.

Very Brief Introduction to Open Access. (1 page; available in English and 25 other languages.)

How To Make Your Own Work Open Access. (4 pages; available in English, Greek, and Spanish; regularly updated.)

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

Open Access Overview. (10 pages; available in English and 11 other languages.)

Good Practices For University Open-Access Policies. (87 pages; with +Stuart Shieber; regularly updated.)

Open Access. (242 pages; from MIT Press, 2012; available in English, Polish, Chinese, Spanish, partially in Greek, with 8 other translations in progress; the book home page is regularly updated with supplements.)

My other writings on OA.

Happy OA Week!

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