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Paper 102_elpub2014:
Attitudes towards open access: a meta-synthesis of the empirical literature

id 102_elpub2014
authors Togia, Aspasia; Korobili, Stella
year 2014
title Attitudes towards open access: a meta-synthesis of the empirical literature
source ELPUB2014. Let's put data to use: digital scholarship for the next generation, 18th International Conference on Electronic Publishing 19-20 June 2014, Thessaloniki, Greece.
summary The aim of the present study is to report the results of a meta-synthesis of the empirical literature on scholars' attitudes towards Open Access (OA) journals. A total of 16 articles published in scholarly journals since 2002 (when the Budapest Open Access Initiative was released) were included in the study and five major themes emerged from their examination and analysis. The literature indicates that attitudes and perceptions of OA are varied across countries and across disciplines. Free access, which is perceived to facilitate wider dissemination of research outputs, is a strong incentive for publishing in OA. However, quality and reputation are the most important factors in selecting a journal and take priority over the availability of free access. Although OA is perceived to have many advantages over the traditional publication model, it raises some concerns too, especially in regard to the author-pays model, the quality of peer-review and the impact of the journals.
keywords open access, attitudes, scholars, authors, meta-synthesis
series ELPUB:2014
type normal paper
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urn:nbn urn:nbn:se:elpub-102_elpub2014
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