Open Access

Blog posts and resources relating to Open Access in the social sciences

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STM and HSS – the Great OA Divide

There is a divide in how academics from the humanities and social sciences view open access publishing compared to their colleagues in the science, technology and medical fields: HSS is notably more skittish about OA.

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In South Africa, OA is a Necessity, Not a Nicety

Individual academics and institutions have driven the open access process in South Africa. This bottom-up approach has its merits, argue John Butler-Adam, Susan Veldsman and Ina Smith, but a push from the top is needed to ensure that the nation stays on track.

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The State of Open Access in 18 Statements

Open Access Week starts today and in honor Stephen Pinfield provides an overview of 18 propositions on open access identified through an extensive analysis of the discourse. It is clear that whilst OA has come a long way in the last five years, there is a lot to do in making open access work.

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Survey Finds Scholars’ Perception of OA Improving

The head of insights at Nature Publishing Group and Palgrave Macmillan shares findings from a recent survey of authors that finds few researchers are now unaware of open access, but their perceptions of quality still remain a significant barrier to further OA involvement.

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A Modicum of Common Sense Helps Interpret Open Access Publishing

No one ever assumed that everything in print was trustworthy, says Virginia Barbour, and neither should that be the case for open access content. Content is what matters – whether delivered by open access, subscription publishing, or a printed document.

4 years ago
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Unlocking the Real Cost of Gold OA

Are universities able to shoulder the costs of the open access transition, especially as the total cost of publishing is, for the moment, rising? Stephen Pinfield presents findings on the current state of institutional costs.

5 years ago
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My Experiences Launching an Open Access Journal

While preparing for a panel on the subject at APSA this week, political scientist Erik Voeten looks over the launch of the open access and peer-reviewed journal ‘Research & Politics’ and discusses the opportunities and challenges of this kind of publishing.

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