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Open Access Week: Open Access

International Open Access Week is an annual event which provides a series of actions and supports the importance of Open Access as a model for dissemination of knowledge.

About Open Access

Open Access refers to the use of digital technology to make access to publicly-funded research results, freely and widely available to anyone with an internet connection. Some forms of Open Access remove the barriers created by subscription paywalls where research results are only available via a subscription.

Nazarbayev University's Open Access Policy was approved by Academic Council on March 20, 2019. The Open Access Policy sets out Nazarbayev University's framework for ensuring that publications authored by University researchers, faculty members, students, and staff, are made Open Access, where applicable. Benefits of OA: OA research is not hidden behind a subscription paywall so it can be widely read, used and cited to attract potential collaborators; Compliance with funder requirements to share knowledge of publicly funded research; Makes research more discoverable to policy makers and government resulting in increased potential of ‘societal impact’ of research.

Open Access

What is open access? Nick Shockey and Jonathan Eisen take us through the world of open access publishing and explain just what it’s all about. Make sure to watch it in HD and Fullscreen!​

A Creative Commons (CC) license is one of several public copyright licenses that enable the free distribution of an otherwise copyrighted work. A CC license is used when an author wants to give people the right to share, use, and build upon a work that they have created. CC provides an author flexibility (for example, they might choose to allow only non-commercial uses of his/her own work) and protects the people who use or redistribute an author's work from concerns of copyright infringement as long as they abide by the conditions that are specified in the license by which the author distributes the work.
For more information visit Creative Commons

Open Access Publishing can be defined as publishing when the articles are free to all interested readers, and the publishers place no financial or copyright barriers between the readers and the article. Open Access publishing is the fastest growing segment of the scholarly publishing market, and journal options are now available for nearly every area of research. A comprehensive list of Open Access journals is provided by the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ).

Open Access Publishers

AIP Publishing AOSIS OpenJournals, division of AOSIS (Pty) Ltd BioOne / Elementa
American Physical Society Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Journals
BioMed Central Ltd Cogitatio
BMJ Group ecancermedicalscience
BRILL EDP Sciences
Cambridge University Press F1000Research
Co-Action Publishing Hipatia Press
Copernicus Publications JMIR Publications Inc. (formerly JMIR – Journal of Medical Internet Research)
CSIC Press Karger Publishers
eLife Leibniz Institute for Psychology Information / PsychOpen
Frontiers Libertas Academica
Hindawi Publishing Corporation Living Reviews
IOP Publishing Ltd Open Book Publishers
Nature Publishing Group / Palgrave Macmillan PeerJ
Oxford University Press Pensoft Publishers Ltd.
ProQuest Portland Press Limited
Public Library of Science Social Sciences Directory
SAGE Publications The Royal Society
Springer Science+Business Media Ubiquity Press Ltd.
Taylor & Francis University Library System, University of Pittsburgh
The Company of Biologists University of Adelaide Press
Wiley Utrecht University Library (Igitur)
Vilnius Gediminas Technical University Press “Technika”


Open Data Button imageThe Open Data Button helps users get access to research data that is already online or request that data be made accessible. When a user wants access to the data behind a paper, they can make a request via the app. The app will then see if the data is already available online, and if not, it will contact the author and invite them to make their research data openly available through the Center for Open Science’s Open Science Framework. Once a dataset is delivered, the author will be rewarded with an Open Data Badge to recognize their efforts.

Beyond making individual datasets available, the Open Data Button will also support systemic change. The Open Data Button will track and map user stories that can be searched, linked to, and embedded in order to support storytelling based advocacy. Advocates for open research data will be able to use the data and stories to campaign for systematic change that will benefit everyone.

Every request made through the Open Data Button will be public, with its status indicated. We believe researchers should share their data—especially when the public pays to create it—and the Open Data Button will create more accountability in this area. Research communities can help make particular datasets accessible by signing up to support a request. Those supporting a specific request will then receive a copy of the data once it’s made available.

You can find more information about the Open Data Button if you visit OD Button website 

Annual OA Week

Open Access Week at NU is an annual event,  which is a great opportunity to publicize and educate faculty, students and staff about ongoing scholarly communication issues and initiatives, and to highlight NUR services that help promote open access and sustainable scholarly communication. Now that Open Access is a staple of scientific communication, we should be using that momentum to promote greater inclusion for every discipline, every career stage, and every demographic of the researcher. 

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