The quandary between communication and certification: individual academics’ views on Open Access and open scholarship

Ren, Xiang (2015) The quandary between communication and certification: individual academics’ views on Open Access and open scholarship. Online Information Review, 39 (5). pp. 682-697. ISSN 1468-4527


Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to understand individual academics’ perception, attitudes and participation in Open Access Publishing and open scholarship and revisit some principles and designs of openness in academic publishing from the perspective of creative end-users, which helps to increase the sustainability and efficiency of open models.

Design/methodology/approach – This paper draws on a case study of China and empirical data collected through semi-structured interviews with a wide range of academics and stakeholders.

Findings – A separation between the communication and certification functions of publishing is identified: open initiatives are valued for efficient and interactive communication while traditional publishing still dominates the legitimacy of research publications, which leads to the quandary of individual academics operating within the transitional landscape of scholarly communication.

Practical implications – Practical recommendations for sustainable and efficient openness are derived from discussions on the difficulties associated open/social certification and the shifting maxims that govern academics from 'publish or perish' to 'be visible or vanish'.

Originality/value – 'Openness' is defined in broad sense integrating Open Access and open scholarship to comprehensively reflect individual academics’ views in the transitional landscape of academic publishing. The research findings suggest that new open approaches are needed to address the evolving tension and conflicts between communication and certification.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to published version in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Australian Digital Futures Institute
Date Deposited: 04 May 2016 04:42
Last Modified: 27 Jul 2016 00:51
Uncontrolled Keywords: attitudes; altmetrics; scholarship; Open Access; peer review; academic publishing
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0807 Library and Information Studies > 080706 Librarianship
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2001 Communication and Media Studies > 200102 Communication Technology and Digital Media Studies
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture
E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
B Economic Development > 89 Information and Communication Services > 8904 Media Services > 890404 Publishing and Print Services (incl. Internet Publishing)
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1108/OIR-04-2015-0129

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