Statements, Policies & Co.: Important Open Access Week 2021 News and Events

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From October 25-31, this year's international Open Access Week took place under the motto "It Matters How We Open Knowledge: Building Structural Equity." had compiled a list of events in German-speaking countries in advance. However, many other exciting things happened around the world during Open Access Week. We have compiled a selection of these things here.

Reformation of the publication system

The members of the International Science Council have drafted a resolution on the reformation of the publishing system. In doing so, they are committing to eight principles of academic publishing that will drive the evolution of sciences and humanities into a global public good: Open Access as a universal guideline for authors as well as readers, the use of open licenses and peer review as a basic principle of academic publishing are some of them. Click here for the original article:

Checklist for OA

The European University Association (EUA) has published a checklist for universities wishing to establish or expand their OA activities. Divided into three objectives (empowerment, capacity building, reinforcement of existing structures), the checklist aims to help develop and implement appropriate policies, build networks and leverage infrastructures. The checklist can be downloaded here:

Equity in OA

The European network ALLEA (European Federation of Academies of Sciences and Humanities) has issued a statement on equity in OA during Open Access Week. In it, the role of gold OA and publishing agreements in the development of inequitable structures in academic research is acknowledged.  Please click here to read the original blog article.

First Open Science Policy from a German University

On the sidelines of Open Access Week, Friedrich Alexander University of Erlangen Nuremberg (FAU) published its Open Science Policy on Zenodo, which it claims makes it the first university (not including Universities of Applied Sciences/Sciences and Arts) in Germany to have such a policy. The new Open Science Policy replaces and expands the university's previous Open Access Policy. For FAU's OS Policy on Zenodo:

New Open Access Icons

The Networking and Competence Center OA Brandenburg used the OA Week to draw attention to the publication of the second part of its self-developed and freely reusable Open Access icons. The icons can be downloaded via Wikimedia or Zenodo:

If you miss any important events or publications in our text during OA Week 2021, we appreciate it if you e-mail us at info(at)

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