Open Access Week – 22 to 28 October 2012

Open Access Week is upon us and BioMed Central is proud to sponsor this international endeavor to raise awareness of both the existence and the benefits of open access.  Now in its sixth year, OA Week encourages participation from the entire academic and research community and ultimately aims to make open access a global norm.

BioMed Central is buzzing with activity to celebrate this worthwhile week and to help spread the word we have created a set of posters which can be freely downloaded and displayed wherever they might be useful.  We are also organising and participating in a number of events across the world aimed at raising open access awareness to local and international audiences, such as the webinar on “Open Access Research to inform patient outcomes” which took place earlier today.

Not long after OA Week, we will be hosting our 3rd annual Open Access Africa – a free conference which will be held at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, 4 – 5 November 2012.  Researchers, librarians, journal editors, research funders and other decision-makers will share ideas on how open access publishing can support science and medicine in Africa.

To learn more you can watch this video and if you are interested in attending please contact


BioMed Central will be involved in a number of events including:

Wednesday October 24

China OA Publishing Day (National Science Library – Chinese Academy of Sciences)

An Introduction to BioMed Central, SpringerOpen, and Chemistry Central” (University of Alberta)

Thursday October 25

The Unisa Open Scholarship Seminar (University of South Africa)

A presentation on “Open Access – Increase your research visibility” (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology)

A presentation on “The Evolution of Open Access” (University of Dundee)

Friday October 26

A panel discussion entitled “Do you understand what Open Access publishing can do for you?” (University of Victoria)

Emerging Voices 2012 (Beijing International Convention Center)

A Twitter chat entitled “Your views on open access publishing” (@BMCMedicine, 12pm UK time)

Sunday November 4 to Monday November 5

Open Access Africa (University of Cape Town)


Follow us on Twitter @biomedcentral #oaweek for more news and updates on these and many more events and activities during Open Access Week.

View the latest posts on the Research in progress blog homepage