International Open Access Week 2023

Community over Commercialization” is the theme for this year’s International Open Access Week

(October 23-29). This theme encourages a candid conversation about which approaches to open scholarship prioritize the best interests of the public and the academic community—and which do not.  According to UNESCO, by prioritizing the community we can prevent the “inequitable extraction of profit from publicly funded scientific activities”.

The theme can be applied to various case scenarios you might find within the research cycle process.  Stellenbosch University Library will engage in an active panel discussion that will address the aspects of transformational agreements and its impact on the publisher, author, and research-intensive institution.  The research community is hereby invited to join and actively participate in this discussion and find out how these agreements work within the SU research community.


Type: Panel discussion

Place: Stellenbosch University Library, Auditorium

Date: 23 October 2023

Time: 11h00 – 12h00

Audience: in-person or online

Please register at the following link:

Examples of possible questions:

  1. What is lost when corporations control knowledge production rather than researchers themselves?
  2. What is lost when authors research output becomes just a number?
  3. Considering current economic conditions, how does Stellenbosch University Library plan to continue to support the SU research community?

Should you have any questions for the panel, please send it to

Please take note that the discussion will be streamed, and the recording will be available on YouTube after the event.

Enquiries: Songezo Mpikashe


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