Few question the societal benefit of providing wider access to research that could help citizens make informed decisions about their health care or enable a small business to innovate and help fuel the economy, but an equally compelling case can be made for providing access to political or policy research that improves the effectiveness of an NGO working in the Democratic Republic of the Congo or literary criticism on the works of Alice Munro or Edwidge Danticat that inspires students at an under-resourced high school.
Restricting access to research benefits no one and runs counter to the stated mission of educational and not-for-profit institutions. While the Open Access Network challenges the traditional focus, work processes, and financial operations of our institutions, it also enables them to more fully achieve their stated mission.
How can you help?
To facilitate the establishment of the Open Access Network, we created a membership program that any individual, institution, library, scholarly society, foundation, organization, or company could join. We are no longer actively recruiting members.
Members demonstrated their support for an OA model that is scalable, sustainable, and fair. Membership funds went to support the organizational and administrative infrastructure for the Open Access Network and the pilot projects we hoped to develop to test the model.
Individual donations may still be made to the Open Access Network by going to the K|N Consultants site. The Open Access Network is a legally registered assumed name of K|N Consultants.
All donors will receive a letter confirming receipt of your contribution that includes our federal non-profit tax ID number.
Reach out to your colleagues and campus administrators. Help them better understand the issues. And if they have questions, concerns, or need more information, you can share our white paper or have them contact us.
There is no shortage of work to be done, from education to outreach to fundraising. Contact us if you would like to get involved.
Raise these issues on social media and follow our progress on Twitter.
Read your author agreements. Retain your rights. Publish in a reputable open-access journal or with an open-access-friendly publisher. Ensure your work is communicable — and regularly communicated to others. Participate regularly in the scholarly conversation, both face to face and via social media.