September 23, 2017

Research Article: “An Exploration of Faculty Experiences with Open Access Journal Publishing at Two Canadian Comprehensive Universities”

The following article was recently published in Partnership The Canadian Journal of Library and Information Practice and Research.

Title

An Exploration of Faculty Experiences with Open Access Journal Publishing at Two Canadian Comprehensive Universities

Authors

Barbara McDonald
University of Guelph

Ian Gibson
Brock University

Elizabeth Yates
Brock University

Carol Stephenson
Council of Prairie and Pacific University Libraries
(Wilfrid Laurier University 2006 to 2016)

Source

Partnership: The Canadian Journal of Library and Information Practice and Research
Vol 11, No 2 (2016)
Published Online: February 21, 2017

Abstract

INTRODUCTION: This exploratory study was intended to shed light on Canadian academics’ participation in, knowledge of and attitudes towards Open Access (OA) journal publishing. The primary aim of the study was to inform the authors’ schools’ educational and outreach efforts to faculty regarding OA publishing. The survey was conducted at two Canadian comprehensive universities: Brock University (St. Catharines, Ontario) and Wilfrid Laurier University (Waterloo, Ontario) in 2014.

METHODS: A Web-based survey was distributed to faculty at each university. The data was analyzed using descriptive statistics.

LIMITATIONS: Despite the excellent response rates, the results are not generalizable beyond these two institutions.

RESULTS: The Brock response rate was 38 percent; the Laurier response rate was 23 percent from full-time faculty and five percent from part-time faculty. Brock and Laurier faculty members share common characteristics in both their publishing practices and attitudes towards OA. Science/health science researchers were the most positive about OA journal publishing; arts and humanities and social sciences respondents were more mixed in their perceptions; business participants were the least positive. Their concerns focused on OA journal quality and associated costs.

CONCLUSION: While most survey respondents agreed that publicly available research is generally a good thing, this study has clearly identified obstacles that prevent faculty’s positive attitudes towards OA from translating into open publishing practices.

Direct to Full Text Article (26 pages; PDF)

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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