[Irtalk] Landscapes of Research: Perceptions of Open Access (OA) Publishing in the Arts and Humanities

Hilton Gibson hilton.gibson at gmail.com
Fri Apr 17 15:54:21 SAST 2015

Despite these broader changes, not all scholars are aware of the new
publishing environment. In particular, the rate of adoption of OA models in
the Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) has historically been lower than
Science, Technology and Medicine (STM) disciplines.

Nevertheless, some local and international OA exemplars exist in HSS. At
Edith Cowan University in Perth, Western Australia, the
faculty-administered environmental humanities journal, Landscapes, was
migrated to the institutional open access repository in 2013. Subsequently,
researchers in the Faculty of Education and Arts were surveyed regarding
their knowledge, understandings, and perceptions of OA publishing.

*The survey was also designed to elicit the barriers to OA publishing
perceived or experienced by HSS researchers.* This article will present the
findings of our small faculty-based OA survey, with particular attention to
HSS academics (and within this subject group, particular attention to the
arts and humanities), their perceptions of OA, and the impediments they

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