Open Access Week 2020
October 19-25

The words "Open Access" with the orange open access lock logo.

Open Access Week raises international awareness of access issues in published scholarly research. This year's theme is: "Open with Purpose: Taking Action to Build Structural Equity and Inclusion"

Look to hear from us in the Continuum during OA Week!

If you've come to this page from our Instagram stories, here are some links you might find interesting:

To learn more about open access, visit our Open Access Overview pages (note the navigation bar on the left!).

To learn more about our partnerships that cover the full article processing charge (APC) or offer a discount, see our Current Investments in Open Access page.

To learn more about managing your rights, visit our Copyright Services page (

To learn more about how to assess a publisher or journal, visit our Assessing publishers and conferences page. 

To learn more about Creative Commons (CC) licenses, see our apges on Sharing Your Work with a CC License, the basic elements of the licenses, and CC0 and public domain.

How to find open access literature:

How to make your own work openly available:

Make your articles open access

  • Publish in a fully open access journal. Check the Directory of Open Access Journals.  Many do not charge author fees.
  • Create an all-open journal. U Libraries Publishing is one host of OA journals and other innovative dynamic content.
  • Publish in a subscription journal that allows you to post a version online. Check Sherpa Romeo to see which version you can post.
  • Publish in your favorite journal and retain rights to share publicly. An  author’s addendum is an easy way to negotiate your publication agreement. Find more information at
  • Share your articles online in a scholarly repository. Use the U’s University Digital Conservancy and/or a disciplinary repository such as or AgEcon Search.
  • Learn about the UMN Open Access policy. This policy creates some additional options that authors may invoke for sharing.

Make your books open access

Learn even more about open access!

Questions or comments about open access issues at the University of Minnesota, and in general, can be directed to