Open Access Week 2016

Open Access Week 2016 – A Roundup

Michael Team Blog

Open Access Week 2016

As ever, the Open Access landscape continues to blossom worldwide, and the conversation this year during Open Access Week was as lively as ever. Blogs were written, opinions were tweeted, and institutions around the world took the opportunity to promote OA engagement throughout their campuses. While we continue to work on improving researchers’ engagement with OA projects and policies (keep an eye on the Support Site for updates), we did find a few moments to consider some thoughts from around the world.

  • Firstly, our Open Access Timeline was refreshed with a few updates. This interactive timeline details the history of Open Access, all the way from the launch of Project Gutenberg in 1971 to the present day. Have a look around the timeline here.
  • Our very own Repository Platform Product Manager, Kate Byrne, is our resident OA expert, and featured on Digital Science’s new podcast series. Kate gives a great overview of the current landscape of Open Access, and what it means to Symplectic and our community. Take a listen over on Digital Science’s Soundcloud page.
  • The University of Cambridge celebrated an OA milestone recently, having seen its 10,000th Open Access manuscript submission. ‘Prospective association of the Mediterranean diet with cardiovascular disease incidence and mortality and its population impact in a non-Mediterranean population: the EPIC-Norfolk Study’ was the work that tipped the record over into 5 digits. Read more on the Cambridge research news site here.
  • Last year, ten predictions for the future of Open Access were made by Rob Johnson – you can read part one and part two here – and it’s interesting to see how these have turned out since. OA is clearly becoming the ‘new normal’ – but is it moving in the direction we expected?

In related news, our partners at figshare released the results of their global survey of 2,000 researchers in a report assessing the landscape of open data and sharing practices. The report, The State of Open Data, is available here, and an infographic summary is shown below.


The world of Open Access is moving along at an ever-increasing pace, and shows no signs of stalling. We look forward to seeing what the future brings. As ever, if you have questions or ideas on our support for Open Access, please get in touch.