This year's theme gives an account of an academic system that is in transition. Despite the fact that governments, funding agencies, universities, publishers and academics are adopting open policies and practices to a greater extent, these are still implemented in a diffuse manner. Until open access to research is adopted by default, all actors involved must have the purpose of designing these new open systems, to ensure that they are inclusive, equitable, and that they truly serve the needs of a diverse global community. .
Establishing open access as the default option is an essential step to ensure that our knowledge production and distribution system is more inclusive; but it also poses new challenges. How can we make sure that the sustainability models used for open access are not mutually exclusive? What are the inequities that open systems can reproduce or reinforce? Which voices should be prioritized? Who are excluded? How are biases perpetuated through what is considered exclusively academic? What are the areas in which the opening might not be appropriate?
The International Open Access Week, established since 2008 by SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) , is an opportunity to work on the promotion of open access as the default option in research - to increase the visibility of science, accelerate research, and turn scientific advances into improvements for society.
Within the different actions that are carried out in Spanish universities, the Research Support Unit of the University Library organizes on October 24 the workshop " MDPI and the future of open access ". In this event, which is aimed at research and / or teaching staff, the services available at the MDPI publishing house, specialized in the publication of open access scientific journals, as well as the latest trends in the world of open publishing will be exhibited.
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