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Open Access and Scholarly Communications: Advocating for OA

Created by Health Science Librarians

Open Access Button

The Open Access Button can help you get access to research you need while advocating for increased openness in scholarly publishing. 

"The next time you're asked to pay to access academic research. Push the Open Access Button on your phone or on the web. The Open Access Button will search the web for a version of the paper that you can access immediately. If that doesn't work, the Button will email the author and look for more information about the paper. If you get your research, you can make progress with your work. If you don't get your research, your story will be used to help change the publishing system so it doesn't happen again."

Open Access Week

Open Access Week, now entering its eight year, is a global opportunity to raise awareness of open access in scholarship and research. Sign up to receive information about the upcoming Open Access week and connect with others involved in Open Access around the world. 

Get Involved

  • Alliance for Taxpayer Access
  • SPARC: Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition
  • Making Change Work for You
  • Take Action with the Scholarly Communication Toolkit
  • Open Access Directory's List of Advocacy Organizations

UNC Scholarly Communications Office

The Scholarly Communications Officer provides guidance, policy development, and advocacy to faculty, students, and staff on the following issues:

  • Copyright and fair use

  • Authors’ rights

  • Privacy rights

  • Open access

  • Policy related to scholarly material

For more information, visit the Scholarly Communications Office webpage, or contact Scholarly Communications Officer Anne Gilliland, MSLS, JD