Another year has passed, and we’re continuing our tradition of supporting Open Access Week with a look at how open access research can be put into action.
Publishing open access means anyone, anywhere can access your research which means it can have an impact beyond academia. Access to research can help inform policy decisions, lead to medical breakthroughs, and improve our everyday lives. Open access can make it easier for policy makers, non-government agencies, the media, educators, and practitioners to put research into action.
Alasdair Rae, Editor-in-Chief of Regional Studies, Regional Science, explains:
“The research we do in universities is often complex, technical and abstract. However, it can also change the world, and the best way of making this happen is to open it up to anyone who wants or needs to read it. Open access publishing is the best way of making this happen and the best way of democratising knowledge. It is the first step on the road to truly transformative impact.”
Promoting wider engagement with research
In its ninth year running, Open Access Week promotes the opportunities and benefits of open access research. This year’s theme is Open in Action, looking at how individuals and groups can move open access forward.
We’ve worked with the following learned societies that Taylor & Francis partner with to highlight open access research with real world applications:
- American Planning Association
- American Statistical Association
- Diagnosis Press
- European Urban Research Association
- Institute of Atmospheric Physics
- Regional Studies Association
- Royal Town Planning Institute
- Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies (RUSI)
- Society for Educational Studies
- South African Society of Anaesthesiologists (SASA)
- Uppsala Medical Society
Our ‘From Research to Action’ collection brings together articles on planning, transport, defence, crime, education, migration, the environment, energy, government and politics, healthcare, international relations, housing, and employment, which have been selected for their potential to have impact beyond academia.
Xiaochun Liu, Executive Editor of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science Letters highlights the impact that some of these articles can have:
“Some papers have shown exceptionally good performance in terms of views and downloads; and we can’t help but notice these papers are also of wider societal interest, especially to policy-makers. For example, studies on extreme heat in China and urbanization-related warming are essential for building a well-informed early warning system; studies on drought in Southwest China and Arctic sea ice and haze pollution will help the public understand why natural disasters happen.”
You can also read author introductions explaining the practical applications of some of these articles, whether it’s mitigating climate change, creating jobs, improving education, making medical procedures safer, or creating government policy.
Open Access Week round up
Here are some of the ways we’re encouraging the use of open access research in action during Open Access Week:
- Read the ‘From Research to Action’ collection
- Join our Twitter discussion – the ‘Research to Action’ Twitter discussion will be on Wednesday 26th October, 2-30 – 3.30pm (GMT)
- Read 6 steps to take your research from idea to action, with our Open Access Week exclusive cartoon and competition
- Listen to the public engagement podcast: 15 minutes to develop your research career