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Open Access Week and the battle for open access

This week is International Open Access Week, which this year has the theme “Open for Collaboration”.

Free and immediate online access to academic literature is vital if people are to be able to make the best evidence-based decisions.  This open access is a principle of RealKM Magazine, as we discuss in our editorial guidelines. However, a large proportion of academic literature remains behind paywalls.

International Open Access Week, now in its eighth year, has the aim of helping open access to become the “new norm in scholarship and research”.

However, the push for open access is being resisted, and the battle is far from over.

Source: The Conversation.

Bruce Boyes

Bruce Boyes ( is editor, lead writer, and a director of the award-winning RealKM Magazine ( and currently also teaches in the University of NSW (UNSW) Foundation Studies program in China. He has expertise and experience in a wide range of areas including knowledge management (KM), environmental management, program and project management, writing and editing, stakeholder engagement, communications, and research. Bruce holds a Master of Environmental Management with Distinction and a Certificate of Technology (Electronics). With a demonstrated ability to identify and implement innovative solutions to social and ecological complexity, Bruce's many career highlights include establishing RealKM Magazine as an award-winning resource for knowledge managers, using agile and knowledge management approaches to oversee the implementation of an award-winning $77.4 million river recovery program in western Sydney on time and under budget, leading a knowledge strategy process for Australia's 56 natural resource management (NRM) regional organisations, pioneering collaborative learning and governance approaches to support communities to sustainably manage landscapes and catchments, and initiating and teaching two new knowledge management subjects at Shanxi University in China.

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