The open access publishing movement is progressing rapidly and I Open Access is here to showcase the individuals around the world who support the motivations behind the movement. “I Open Access” does just what the name suggests – it puts the “I” in Open Access. It is a people-focused website that highlights a community of active, enthusiastic, informed supporters. From ABC’s to APC’s, “I Open Access” aims to connect authors, students, librarians, and societies with the information they need to stay on top of the OA world.

For our grand opening we’d like to encourage you to share your open access story:

• In one sentence, give us your answer to the question “Why Open Access?”

• Print out the “I Open Access Storyboard” and write your words on the front of it.

• Send a photo of you holding your storyboard too

Five Grand Prize Winners will receive a 100% APC Gift card applicable to hundreds of SpringerOpen and BioMed Central open access journals. The discount can be used personally or gifted to a colleague. Winners will be announced at the close of OA Week 2014 (Oct. 26th). All acceptable entries will be showcased to the OA community through the I Open Access website, social media, events and more.

If you’ve thought about publishing in an OA journal, this is the time to do it. Tell us your story!