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This paper examines issues relating to the perceptions and adoption of open access (OA) and institutional repositories. Using a survey research design, we collected data from academics and other researchers in the humanities, arts and social sciences (HASS) at a university in Australia. We looked at factors influencing choice of publishers and journal outlets, as well as the use of social media and nontraditional channels for scholarly communication. We used an online questionnaire to collect data and used descriptive statistics to analyse the data. Our findings suggest that researchers are highly influenced by traditional measures of quality, such as journal impact factor, and are less concerned with making their work more findable and promoting it through social media. This highlights a disconnect between researchers' desired outcomes and the efforts that they put in toward the same. Our findings also suggest that institutional policies have the potential to increase OA awareness and adoption. This study contributes to the growing literature on scholarly communication by offering evidence from the HASS field, where limited studies have been conducted. Based on the findings, we recommend that academic librarians engage with faculty through outreach and workshops to change perceptions of OA and the institutional repository.
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Narayan, B, Luca, E, Boateng, H, Tiffen, B, England, A & Booth, M 2018, 'Scholarly communication practices in humanities and social sciences: a study of researchers' attitudes and awareness of open access', On USB only, The Information Behaviour Conference, Krakow, Poland.
Academic librarians play a vital role in informing researchers about developments and trends in scholarly communication (Rodriguez, 2015), including the provision of publications support and open access (OA), especially through the university's institutional repository (IR), often managed by the library. Given mandates from funders for open access dissemination of research outputs (ARC, 2017; NHMRC, 2014), OA practices are becoming increasingly important. Yet, its adoption has been typically slower in the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (HASS) when compared to fields such as physics or biomedicine (Suber, 2017). This paper presents the results of a project exploring the perceptions and practices of researchers working in HASS towards OA, based on a study conducted at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), specifically focusing on its IR. Despite UTS' mandated requirements for researchers to deposit their research outputs in the IR, the adoption rate has been low (about 29% overall and lower in HASS).
The work outlined in this abstract was supported by the Library and Information Science Research Australia (LISRA), a three year project funded by the Australian Research Council that aims encourage and enable research culture and practice within Australia's library and information profession. LISRA is being undertaken in partnership with ALIA, NSLA, University of Southern Queensland and Swinburne University. This abstract is one of three abstracts being submitted for consideration as a special LISRA themed session at APLIC 2018.
The findings highlight some of the barriers and challenges facing open access in HASS, including perception of open access journals, publication pressures, and also the usability of the university repositories (Luca & Narayan, 2016; Narayan & Luca, 2016). Library staff also identified a lack of awareness about open access among faculty members, and issues relating to how the university communicated with them about OA. The finding...