open access, scholarly communication, higher education, academic libraries
Faculty hold widely varying perspectives on the benefits and challenges afforded by open access (OA) publishing. In the United States, conversations on OA models and strategy have been dominated by scholars affiliated with Carnegie R1 institutions. This article reports findings from interviews conducted with faculty at a Carnegie R2 institution, highlighting disciplinary and individual perspectives on the high costs and rich rewards afforded by OA. The results reiterate the persistence of a high degree of skepticism regarding the quality of peer review and business models associated with OA publishing. By exploring scholars’ perceptions of and experiences with OA publishing and their comfort using or sharing unpublished, publicly available content, the authors highlight the degree to which OA approaches must remain flexible, iterative and multifaceted – no single solution can begin to accommodate the rich and varying needs of individual stakeholders.
This project was funded by a University Research Grant from Illinois State University.
Scott, Rachel E.; Murphy, Julie; Thayer-Styes, Cassie; Buckley, Chad E.; and Shelley, Anne, "Exploring faculty perspectives on open access at a medium-sized, American doctoral university" (2023). Faculty and Staff Publications – Milner Library. 184.