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 have created a membership program that any individual, institution, library, scholarly society, foundation, organization, or company can join.
By becoming a member, you demonstrate your support for an OA model that is scalable, sustainable, and fair. Membership funds will go to support the organizational and administrative infrastructure for the OAN and the pilot projects we will use to test its model. This seed funding will allow us to put into place the structures to enable us to proceed with the post-launch phase of the OAN.
Individual donations may be made online (either one-time or ongoing) or by check, payable to the Open Access Network, sent c/o K|N Consultants, Cathedral Station, P. O. Box 428, New York NY 10025.
In either case, you will become a member of the OAN and receive a letter confirming receipt of your contribution that includes our federal non-profit tax ID number.
There is no shortage of work to be done, from education to outreach to fundraising. Contact us if you would like to get involved.
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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.