Attitudes of North American Academics Towards Open Access Scholarly Journals

Elizabeth Dalton, Carol Tenopir, Bo-Christer Björk

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In this study, we examine attitudes of researchers towards Open Access scholarly journals. Using two-step cluster analysis to explore survey data from researchers at large North American research institutions, two different cluster types emerge: Those with a positive, progressive attitude toward OA (“pro-OA”) and a desire to reach the non-scholarly audience groups who would most benefit from OA, and those with a more negative, skeptical attitude and less interest in reaching non-scholarly readers (“non-OA”). These cluster identities in terms of position type and subject discipline, as well as implications for policy and practice, are further explored.
Original languageEnglish
Peer-reviewed scientific journalportal : Libraries and the Academy
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)73-100
Publication statusPublished - 2020
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article - refereed

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