ECS Open Access Week Competition 2016

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OAlogoHere at ECS we are already preparing for Open Access Week 2016 (October 24-30). This year’s theme is “Open in Action”.

We are taking action with our Free the Science initiative – and we hope you will take action too by sharing your Open Access story with us! We want to know how Open Access is affecting you – what has OA helped you to accomplish? How is OA making a difference to you personally?

Submit your brief essay (200-400 words) for a chance to win a cash prize, and (if applicable) additional funding for your student chapter. These funds could be used to send chapter members to an ECS meeting, other conferences, invite speakers to campus, or to host any number of extra events for your chapter. Any funds not spent this year will be rolled over to the next.

Prizes:

1st prize: $250 to the individual, $500 to the affiliated ECS Student Chapter*

2nd prize: $100 to the individual, $250 to the affiliated ECS Student Chapter*

*In the event that there is no affiliated ECS Student Chapter, this prize money will be donated to the ECS Free the Science Fund. If a report is written by more than one individual, any prize money will be shared equally between those individuals.

Submissions Open: August 8, 2016

Submissions Close: September 1, 2016

Download our poster promoting the competition to distribute on your campus.

Not interested in participating, but want to get involved? Check out the Open Access Week website for information or inspiration: http://www.openaccessweek.org/

Rules:

Winning entries may be published and promoted by ECS during its OA Week activities, potentially including:Interface, ECS’s Redcat Blog, or ECS’s newsletter. Submission to the competition implies consent for ECS to edit/publish the submission.

Submissions must be between 200 and 400 words, and written in English. They must be submitted online by Thursday, September 1, 2016. Submissions will be judged based on the use of storytelling/language, verifiable stories, and specific details. Winners will be announced on the ECS Redcat Blog, and contacted via email during Open Access week.

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