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Malaysian authors' acceptance to self‐archive in institutional repositories: Towards a unified view

Feria Wirba Singeh (Department of Library and Information Science, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
A. Abrizah (Department of Information Science, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
Noor Harun Abdul Karim (Department of Library and Information Science, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)

The Electronic Library

ISSN: 0264-0473

Article publication date: 5 April 2013

Abstract

Purpose

The aim of this paper is to evaluate Malaysian authors' readiness to self‐archive in open access repositories. The effectiveness of open access repositories to support knowledge‐sharing is expected to be highly dependent on the readiness of authors to self‐archive their research output.

Design/methodology/approach

The study has adopted a quantitative research design and a web based survey method was used for data‐gathering. The subjects of the study were authors within the five research‐intensive universities in Malaysia. An e‐mail invitation was sent out to 1,000 authors within the five intensive universities, of which 108 responded. This study uses the unified theory of acceptance and use of technology (UTAUT) model, which postulates the constructs of performance expectancy, effort expectancy, social influence and facilitating conditions on using technology. These constructs determine the behavioral intent, which influences the usage behavior of this technology.

Findings

The findings from this study revealed that performance expectancy, effort expectancy, social influence and facilitating condition did not influence authors' behavioral intention to self‐archive. Even though academic researchers tend to agree that institutional repositories are a good way of disseminating information and use them frequently, most of them have not fully embraced self‐archiving in institutional repositories.

Originality/value

This is the first attempt to utilize the UTAUT model to assess self‐archiving practices, and it shows that self‐archiving does not prove strong support for the model.

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Citation

Wirba Singeh, F., Abrizah, A. and Harun Abdul Karim, N. (2013), "Malaysian authors' acceptance to self‐archive in institutional repositories: Towards a unified view", The Electronic Library, Vol. 31 No. 2, pp. 188-207. https://doi.org/10.1108/02640471311312375

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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