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Review of 'Green open access in computer science - an exploratory study on author-based self-archiving awareness, practice, and inhibitors'

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Green open access in computer science - an exploratory study on author-based self-archiving awareness, practice, and inhibitors

 Daniel Graziotin (corresponding) (2014)
Access to the work of others is something that is too often taken for granted, yet problematic and difficult to be obtained unless someone pays for it. Green and gold open access are claimed to be a solution to this problem. While open access is gaining momentum in some fields, there is a limited and seasoned knowledge about self-archiving in computer science. In particular, there is an inadequate understanding of author-based self-archiving awareness, practice, and inhibitors. This article reports an exploratory study of the awareness of self-archiving, the practice of self-archiving, and the inhibitors of self-archiving among authors in an Italian computer science faculty. Forty-nine individuals among interns, PhD students, researchers, and professors were recruited in a questionnaire (response rate of 72.8%). The quantitative and qualitative responses suggested that there is still work needed in terms of advocating green open access to computer science authors who seldom self-archive and when they do, they often infringe the copyright transfer agreements of the publishers. In addition, tools from the open-source community are needed to facilitate author-based self-archiving, which should comprise of an automatic check of the copyright transfer agreements. The study identified nine factors inhibiting the act of self-archiving among computer scientists. As a first step, this study proposes several propositions regarding author-based self-archiving in computer science that can be further investigated. Recommendations to foster self-archiving in computer science, based on the results, are provided.
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    10.14293/S2199-1006.1.SOR-COMPSCI.ALZQ19.v1.RMSHPD

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    I think the paper is suitable for publication and gives interesting results. The topic of self-archiving and the determination of the terms preprint, postprint, eprint, self-archiving are indeed confusing for the academic community. In this sense, the paper gives important results and reveals opinions that are commonly faced in the academic community. In my opinion, the research should be expanded in other Universities in Italy, in other computer science (informatics) departments. Finally, it should be useful to expand the survey in other European countries, such as Greece, Spain, Germany, etc., in order to explore the different culture in self-archiving. In Greece, there are relevant researches from the Department of Library Science and Information Systems of the Technological Educational Institute of Athens:
    Koulouris, A., Kyriaki-Manessi, D., Giannakopoulos, G., & Zervos, S. (2013). Institutional repository policies: best practices for encouraging self-archiving. Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences, 73, 769–776. doi:10.1016/j.sbspro.2013.02.117
    Kyriaki-Manessi, D., Koulouris, A., Giannakopoulos, G., & Zervos, S. (2013). Exploratory research regarding faculty attitudes towards the institutional repository and self archiving. Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences, 73, 777–784. doi:10.1016/j.sbspro.2013.02.118

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