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The Open Access Continuum

Open Access refers to peer-reviewed literature that is online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions.

International Open Access Events

Participate in OpenCon 2014 November 15-16. Sign up to watch the Livestream or OpenCon Webcasts

About OpenCon

OpenCon 2014, the student and early career researcher conference on Open Access, Open Education, and Open Data, will be held on November 15-17, 2014 in Washington, DC. It is organized by the Right to Research Coalition, SPARC (The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition), and an Organizing Committee of students and early career researchers from around the world.

The meeting will convene students and early career researchers from around the world and serve as a powerful catalyst for projects led by the next generation of scholars and researchers to advance OpenCon's three focus areas—Open Access, Open Education, and Open Data.


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Why Open Access?

Open access allows anyone to read peer-reviewed research articles without charge, thereby facilitating:

  • Accelerated discovery. With open access, researchers can read and build on the findings of others without restriction.
  • Public enrichment. Much scientific and medical research is paid for with public funds. Open Access allows taxpayers to see the results of their investment.
  • Improved education. Open Access means that teachers and their students have access to the latest research findings throughout the world.

The links that follow are the movement's founding statements.