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As Florida State University observes Open Access Week Oct. 20-26, Florida State University Libraries are advancing two campuswide initiatives to support a growing international effort to promote free and immediate online access to scholarly research and the right to use research results as needed.

The two initiatives — "DigiNole Upload-A-Thon" and "Individual Statement on the Right to Research" — underscore this year's Open Access Week theme, "Generation Open," targeting new faculty and graduate students who are the future of scholarship.

"FSU Libraries are proud to recognize Open Access Week and encourage everyone to learn more about Open Access and the benefits it can bring to the scholarly community, as well as the public as a whole," said Julia Zimmerman, dean of FSU Libraries.

Open Access Week, a global observance that began in 2008, provides an opportunity for the academic and research community to continue to learn about the potential benefits of open access.

The principle of open access is that publicly funded scholarship and research should be accessible to the general public. Universities around the world are supporting this principle by working toward providing unrestricted online access to peer-reviewed scholarly research, from scholarly journal articles to a growing number of theses, book chapters and scholarly monographs.