Adoption of Open Access Publishing: A Case Study of the University System of Georgia

By Jennifer Campbell-Meier.

Published by Journal of Technologies in Knowledge Sharing

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For the past decade, universities worldwide have adopted open access policies for the sharing of published and unpublished materials in order to promote access to knowledge generated. Many factors have contributed to the emergence of open access in the academic publishing environment and its adoption by faculty members. The aim of this paper is to explore the role and contribution of faculty, administrator and librarian involvement in the development and use of open access tools within the University System of Georgia (USG), thirty-five state colleges and universities administered by a single board of regents. As part of an Institute of Museum and Library Services grant, a statewide institutional repository called the GALILEO Knowledge Repository (GKR) is now in its third year of development. A survey concerning issues associated with open access, author rights, use and perceptions of institutional repositories was released in April 2012. Over 500 faculty members, administrators and librarians from 25 of the colleges and universities have completed the survey. In addition to the survey, the open access policies of participating colleges and universities and the formal inclusion of open access tools within library resources will be examined as factors influencing repository adoption on individual campuses.

Keywords: Open Access, Institutional Repositories, Adoption

Journal of Technologies in Knowledge Sharing, Volume 11, Issue 1, March 2015, pp.1-10. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: January 9, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 190.726KB)).

Dr. Jennifer Campbell-Meier

Lecturer, School of Information Management, Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand

Dr. Jennifer Campbell-Meier is an Lecturer at The Victoria University of Wellington’s School of Information Management, teaching information services courses in the information studies program. Her research focuses on stakeholder groups involved in project planning and project management, recently focusing on the development of institutional repositories.