Have you ever tried to read an article, only to be asked to pay?
Being unable to access an article is called “hitting a paywall.” Paywalls hide knowledge and stifle innovation. Libraries help by subscribing to journals and magazines, but no single university can afford to subscribe to everything published. Open access materials can help alleviate students hitting these paywalls.
What can I do to help remove paywalls that act as barriers to research?
- Use the Open Access Button: The Open Access Button lests users track when they are denied access to research. By clicking the button in your bookmarks bar, the Open Access Button will help you get the research you want and add papers you still need to your wishlists. Download the bookmarklet, the free mobile app, or the free web app at http://www.openaccessbutton.org.
- Learn more about the problem: Visit the Right to Resarch coalition's website at http://www.righttoresearch.org. There you can get up to speed on everything fromt he challenges students face to the impact of limited and how we can solve the problem. Sign the Student Statement on the Right to Research and find ideas to take action on as an individual or as a group. Get your organizations, student government, and friends on board. There is strength in numbers.
- Encourage your professors to make their own work open: As students, you have a crucial role in making Open Access a reality because you know firsthand that you're expected to cite articles from scholarly journals when you write papers. The open access issue is a complicated one for some professors, but they may be encouraged to hear students asking questions about open access. Students - who read, rely on, and write for scholarly publications - have the power to change the way research is exchanged.
- Follow the conversations on Twitter at #oaweek, @miamiuoa, @miamiulibraries, @R2RC and @SPARC_NA to keep up with the ongoing developments about open access