Open Access Week

Open access publishing is the golden route of information dissemination with potential to effectively bridge knowledge generation and translation for socio-economic development. Evolution of communication technology from gross to even more subtle forms of electronic transmission has been traction force behind rapid and widespread implementation as well as success of open access policy. A clear mandate for open access publishing is now becoming more evident than ever before.

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The International Open Access Week is scheduled to be organized from 21 to 27 October 2019 by SPARC® (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) with the new theme of “Open for Whom? Equity in Open Knowledge”. This year’s title emphasizes on both considering and acting upon the question of ‘Open to Whom?’ and to dwell upon the priorities, under-representations and exclusions. This year’s open access week focuses on addressing inequalities in current platforms by promoting equal participation in research communication. As we are near to celebrating 12th anniversary of open access success with its prevalence rates dominating across regions, new challenges, questions and hypothesis are surfacing.

Open access publishing has been successful in unifying all the stakeholders. ‘Open for whom?’ is a broad question which reflects what extent of equity during exchange of scholarly information. One of the solutions with reliable impact would be providing unequivocal representation for knowledge exchange and enhancing the scope for adequate representation of geographic, socio-economic and other forms of diversity. This further boils down to the way we innovate, structure and devise mechanisms that provides equitable solutions and benefits to all the stakeholders. It has been rightly pointed out by SPARC that there is a need to design and devise effective open systems that meets the needs of diverse global community in an inclusive and equitable manner. Formulation of international, policies, strategies and devising mechanisms for inclusive growth of marginalized communities will be indeed the focus of several discussion rounds. Open access policy helps conserve funding resources and maximizes their outcomes and their support and participation would be the key. Removing the language barrier also remains one of the major challenges in open access publishing.

Longdom Publishing SL has a journal portfolio of over 200 open access journals publishing peer reviewed articles on wide spectrum of specializations in Business, Management, Engineering, Biological and Biomedical Sciences with over 5 million readership worldwide. To promote the philosophy of Open Access, Longdom Publishing SL is planning several initiatives for our Authors, Reviewers, Editors and Readers. Longdom publishing SL is commemorating this year’s International Open Access Week by promoting the Open Access logo through all its journal publications and by announcing special discounts to the contributors during the season. We are also encouraging the authors to post their publications on open access platforms to widely support the open access movement. We reiterate our commitment to open access policy and request all the professionals and eminent personalities send us their suggestions and comments.

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We wish the Open Access Week 2019, a grand success!