OTTAWA, Oct. 18 /CNW/ - Today graduate students across Canada helped
launch the global Open Access Week to promote a fair model of
distributing academic papers and research.
"Dramatic increases in academic journal subscription prices have reduced
access to scholarly materials for academics and the public," said
Kimalee Phillip, Chairperson of the National Graduate Caucus of the
Canadian Federation of Students. "University research is carried out on
the public dime, the public shouldn't have to pay again to access the
results of that research."
Open Access Week is a global event and is an opportunity for the
academic and research community to continue to learn about the benefits
of Open Access, to share what they've learned with colleagues, and to
help inspire wider participation in helping to make Open Access the new
norm in scholarship and research publishing.
"Open Access publishing is freeing access to graduate students' work to
all, no matter what their economic situation or where they live," added
Phillip. "Sharing knowledge is at the heart of the research process and
unfettered access to published research is vital for the development of
new knowledge and understanding."
Students have collaborated with campus librarians and university
teachers to hold events on campuses throughout the week to promote Open
The National Graduate Caucus of the Canadian Federation of Students
represents over 70,000 graduate students from across the country.
SOURCE Canadian Federation of Students
For further information: For further information:
Kimalee Philllip, National Graduate Caucus Chairperson, 613-261-3231
Patrick Imbeau, Deputy Chairperson of the National Graduate Caucus, 613-808-4830