CORROSION journal is celebrating Open Access Week from October 23 to 29. Launched by Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) in 2008, Open Access Week is a time for authors, editors, and publishers to reflect on the benefits of open access and how we can contribute to the movement. This year’s theme, “Open in order to: ____,” asks us to consider why we stand behind open access.

Making research readily available to a larger audience has many benefits. Sharing research data with others conducting similar research is facilitated when articles are open access. This furthers discussions on the findings, helping to gain insights into new or contradictory results. Many research grants require articles to be published in some form of open access, allowing the broader community access to the findings. Correlations have been found between open access articles and the number of citations they garner. This may result from the increase in an article’s potential reach. Greater availability of research assists the development of new products, and helps equip decision makers with more information.

CORROSION believes in making quality research available for society’s benefit. Founded in 1945, CORROSION is NACE International’s primary source for publishing research relating to corrosion. NACE’s mission is to equip society to protect people, assets, and the environment from the adverse effects of corrosion. CORROSION plays an integral role in that mission, providing information about all aspects of corrosion. We are committed to publishing high-quality, novel research that addresses a need, gap, or opportunity, and aim to make our research accessible.

To celebrate Open Access Week, CORROSION will be removing the paywall on our October issue between October 23 and 29. Additionally, we will “unlock” several articles per day throughout the week, making them viewable without a subscription. Look for more information in the coming weeks on our web site and social media outlets.

We are looking forward to bringing you more open access articles!

Sammy Miles

Managing Editor in Chief

For more information about Open Access Week, visit http://www.openaccessweek.org/