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October 14, 2008 marked the first worldwide Open Access Day. Open access publishing provides peer-reviewed journal articles free of charge on the Web, making them easier to cite and to utilize in subsequent research.
The UCSF Library joined organizations around the globe in sponsoring Open Access Day events. Information tables at Parnassus and Mission Bay attracted approximately 100 people, many of whom wanted to know how they could help promote the concept of open access publishing. In addition we presented an evening webcast at Mission Bay by Dr. Philip Bourne, professor of pharmaceutical sciences at UCSD and editor of the open access journal, Public Library of Science Computational Biology.
Open Access Day also included a "Voices of Open Access" video collection, in which several people discuss the value of open access in their lives.
We look forward to participating in this annual event. If you have any questions about open access publishing, please contact us.