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      Managing the transition to open access publishing: a psychological perspective

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            To manage the transition to the open access (OA) model of scholarly publishing, we need to understand better what enables, encourages and inhibits the adoption of OA publishing among scientists, and to appreciate individual differences within disciplines. The study adopts a psychological perspective to elucidate motivations, capabilities and opportunities for OA publishing among bioscientists in the UK. To identify differences within the discipline, bioscientists with starkly different past practices for disclosing research data and technologies were interviewed. The sampled bioscientists face similar obstacles and enablers in their physical environment, but that their motivations and experience of their social environments differ. One group is strongly motivated by their moral convictions and beliefs in benefits of OA and feels peer pressure related to OA. The other group expresses fewer pro-OA beliefs, holds beliefs demotivating OA publishing, but feels pressure from research funders to adopt it. The former group makes more frequent use of OA publishing, which suggests that only those with strong motivations will work to overcome the social and physical obstacles. The individual differences within the discipline suggest that bioscientists are unlikely to respond to OA policies in the same way and, thus, the appropriateness of one-size-fits-all OA policies is questioned.

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            10.2307/j50022063
            prometheus
            Prometheus
            Pluto Journals
            0810-9028
            1470-1030
            1 June 2017
            : 35
            : 2 ( doiID: 10.1080/prometheus.35.issue-2 )
            : 111-135
            Affiliations
            [ a ]Department of Business and Management, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK
            [ b ]Innogen Institute, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK
            [ c ]Institute for Society and Genetics, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles CA, US
            [ d ]Exeter Centre for the Study of Life Sciences (Egenis) and Department of Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology, University of Exeter, Exeter, UK
            [ e ]School of Public Administration, University of Victoria, Victoria BC, Canada
            Article
            08109028.2017.1408289
            10.1080/08109028.2017.1408289
            001a744e-4b7e-42c1-a69a-65de465b7e04
            © 2017 Pluto Journals

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            Computer science,Arts,Social & Behavioral Sciences,Law,History,Economics

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            1. A service showing the copyright and open access self-archiving policies of academic journals.

            2. See the debate on academic publishing in Prometheus, 2010, 28, 1.

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