Distinguished Professor & Associate Chairperson Graduate Institute of Library and Information Studies, National Taiwan Normal University
Scholars are the main stakeholders of open access (OA). This poster presents Taiwanese scholars’ perception and practice of open access journals (OAJ). 1,177 valid questionnaires were collected from 16 prominent research institutions in Taiwan. The questionnaires cover the basic information on scholars, their practice of publishing in OAJs, their perception of OA and OAJs, and their view on the role of libraries in OA.
This poster will utilize infographics, charts, tables, and images to display vividly the main findings: (1) 75.7% of scholars have the experience in OAJ publication; (2) the main funding of article processing charge (APC) is research project budget; (3) the intrinsic motivations of scholars toward OA includes accelerating scientific research, making research results freely accessible to peers with limited resources, and agreeing with the idea of OA; (4) scholars consider that OAJs offer wider circulation and free access to scientific knowledge, and that predatory journals and expensive APC are two primary disadvantages of OAJs; (5) scholars seldom discuss the issues of OA, OAJs, and predatory journals with librarians; (6) the primary roles of libraries in supporting OA are instruction, promotion, and information organization; (7) scholars of different ages, disciplines, professional titles, and research seniority show significant differences in many aspects of scholars' perception and practice of OAJs.
In addition, this poster will provide suggestions for expanding and strengthening OA services for academic libraries.