May 16, 2022

Research Article: “Attitudes of North American Academics Toward Open Access Scholarly Journals” (Preprint)

The following full text research article (preprint) is scheduled for publication in an upcoming issue (Vol. 20 No. 1) of portal: Libraries and the Academy published by Johns Hopkins University Press.


Attitudes of North American Academics Toward Open Access Scholarly Journals


Elizabeth D. Dalton
University of Tennessee

Carol Tenopir
Middle Tennessee State University

Bo-Christer Björk
Hanken School of Economics


portal: Libraries and the Academy
Vol. 20 No. 1 (2020)


In this study, the authors examine attitudes of researchers toward open access (OA) scholarly journals. Using two-step cluster analysis to explore survey data from faculty, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers at large North American research institutions, two different cluster types emerge: Those with a positive attitude toward OA and a desire to reach the nonscholarly audience groups who would most benefit from OA (“pro-OA”), and those with a more negative, skeptical attitude and less interest in reaching nonscholarly readers (“non-OA”). The article explores these cluster identities in terms of position type, subject discipline, and productivity, as well as implications for policy and practice.

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28 pages; PDF.

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