September 22, 2021

Journal Article: “From “Patchy Endorsements” to Intentional Advocacy: Deconstructing Bias in the Language of Open Access”

The following article was recently published by the Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication (JLSC).

Title

From “Patchy Endorsements” to Intentional Advocacy: Deconstructing Bias in the Language of Open Access

Authors

Lauren B. Collister
University of Pittsburgh

Melissa H. Cantrell
University of Colorado Boulder

Source

Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication, 9(1), p.eP239
DOI: 10.7710/2162-3309.2395

Abstract

This paper argues that linguistic features common in discourse around Open Access Publishing are socially constructed in ways that lend themselves to implicit bias against the Open Access (OA) movement. These biases materialize through common linguistic practices such as de-centering OA and highlighting the uncertainty of OA Publishing, resulting in “patchy endorsements” of the status quo of Subscription Publishing. Following previous research that demonstrates how educational content on OA can lead to cognitive load and biases that reinforce the status quo in scholarly publishing, we analyze publicly available, online content from our own institutions with an eye towards how these biases manifest specifically in the practice of librarianship. Using examples from this analysis, we suggest strategies and intentional language that can be used by librarians and other OA advocates to counteract bias and shift towards a construction of OA Publishing as the status quo. While many strategies and difficult negotiations are needed to functionally establish OA as the default in scholarly publishing, language choice is a device through which advocates at any level can advance towards an open-centered culture.

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27 pages; PDF.

About Gary Price

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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