Open Access Week: Towards a Multilingual Approach

The theme for this year’s International Open Access Week is “Open with Purpose: Taking Action to Build Structural Equity and Inclusion.” This is a time to reflect on how “the systems and spaces of the present are often built upon legacies of historic injustice” and to “examine who these spaces and systems are designed for, who is missing, who is excluded by the business models we use, and whose interests are prioritized.” (The 2020 Open Access Advisory Committee) In the spirit of this year’s theme, and with the intent of using a truly international lens, it’s important to highlight the need to incorporate multilingual approaches to the tools we use, the norms we adopt, and the research we undertake or publish. Below are a few suggested readings that can help you get started on understanding the structural barriers to multilingualism and how to overcome them.