Open up your research and change the world

Published Oct. 20, 2020
Updated Oct. 18, 2021

planet earth Every year, the ASU Library takes a long, hard look at the world of scholarly publishing and traditional avenues for knowledge construction, and we ask ourselves: How can we make research more accessible and inclusive?

“Open with Purpose: Taking Action to Build Structural Equity and Inclusion” is the theme of this year’s international celebration of Open Access Week, a global, community-driven week of action to open up access to research.

This year’s theme is an invitation to examine the publishing ecosystem, both traditional scholarly publishing and newer open access models, and recognize that our systems and practices are built upon legacies of historic injustice. We acknowledge that many of the ways we communicate scholarship and research perpetuate inequities of participation and access and continue to dismiss historically marginalized ways of knowledge construction. 

Learn more about Open Access Week at