CACTUS, a science communications and technology company, will host International Open Access Week, an annual virtual event for scholarly researchers and publishers, between October 24 and 30, 2022. The theme for this year’s event is ‘open for climate justice’ and seeks to encourage connection and collaboration between all relevant stakeholders and enhance their awareness and understanding of open access and the importance of climate justice.
Abhishek Goel, CEO, and Co-Founder, CACTUS, said, “Climate change is a major global crisis that requires action from multiple stakeholders to address the problem and develop strategies to battle it. Currently, global power imbalances impact communities’ abilities to produce, disseminate, and use knowledge around the climate crisis. Therefore, it is imperative that we create open access to scientific literature. This will promote more equitable knowledge sharing and serve as a means to address the inequities that shape the impacts of climate change and our response to them.
“This year, through the Open Access Week on Climate Justice, we look forward to encouraging connection and collaboration among the climate movement and the international open access community.”
International Open Access Week is an annual virtual event for the global scholarly community that is organized by the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) in partnership with the Open Access Week Advisory Committee. It is an opportunity to learn more about open access, its importance and benefits, discuss recent developments in relevant policies, and discuss how open access can help address scientific and societal challenges.
This year, the event will be powered by three CACTUS brands — Editage, Impact Science, and R Discovery in collaboration with IntechOpen, the first native scientific publisher of open access books and now open access journals of interdisciplinary research, and Brill, a leading international publishing house as event partners.
Through this event, researchers will deepen their understanding of why it is important to publish climate-related research open access, know more about open access, and get expert guidance on how to publish in open access journals. Publishers will gain insights into how they can contribute to climate justice by making research open access, ways to navigate regional differences in open access publishing, and glean knowledge from similar global crises and how open access played a role in combatting them.
During the week-long event, CACTUS along with IntechOpen and Brill will organize many interactive activities. These will include a panel discussion and video interviews featuring industry experts such as Alison Mudditt (CEO, PLOS), Stephanie Veldman (Head of Open Research, Brill), and Rachel Martin (Sustainability Director, Elsevier), and publish articles on open access related topics for researchers and publishers. The virtual sessions and events are open to all and will be available through registration.
To register for International Open Access Week 2022, please visit https://bit.ly/3VrD9yg