This week (October 19-23) marks the 8th International Open Access Week, celebrating the inspirations and advancements that come from collaboration.
Open Access Week is sponsored by Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC). According to their website, “Open Access to information – the free, immediate, online access to the results of scholarly research, and the right to use and re-use those results as you need – has the power to transform the way research and scientific inquiry are conducted. It has direct and widespread implications for academia, medicine, science, industry, and for society as a whole. Open Access (OA) has the potential to maximize research investments, increase the exposure and use of published research, facilitate the ability to conduct research across available literature, and enhance the overall advancement of scholarship. Research funding agencies, academic institutions, researchers and scientists, teachers, students, and members of the general public are supporting a move towards Open Access in increasing numbers every year. Open Access Week is a key opportunity for all members of the community to take action to keep this momentum moving forward.”
COVD is a proud proponent of Open Access, providing scholarly research to thepublic and supporting the value of accessibility. In 2008, we went open access with past publication Optometry and Vision Development (OVD): “The College of Optometrists in Vision Development’s Board of Directors wants to encourage not only the optometric community, but the wider world community to have access to the clinically relevant research articles, case reports, and other features of COVD’s official journal. You can now read all articles instantly when they are published online.” (OVD 39-2).
Seven years later, we are proud to offer our current journal, Vision Development and Rehabilitation (VDR), in an open access format. By making research available to any potential collaborator, VDR is enriched with inspiration, debate and discussion. Voices in the optometric field are challenged by new research and opinions, and scholarly communications are carried on past the pages of the journal. We are inspired by, and assist in, collaboration of a multi-disciplinary family, even across the pond!
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