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Awareness, use and attitudes of the Indian higher educational institutions students about scholarly open access: an empirical analysis

Ishfaq Ahmad Palla (Department of Library and Information Science, Pondicherry University, Puducherry, India)
Arslan Sheikh (Junaid Zaidi Library, COMSATS University Islamabad, Islamabad, Pakistan)
Abdul Baquee (Department of Library and Information Science, Pondicherry University, Puducherry, India)

Library Management

ISSN: 0143-5124

Article publication date: 22 August 2022

Issue publication date: 17 October 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

Open access is a new scholarly publishing model that has appeared in place of the commercial publishing model. The aim of this study was to investigate the level of awareness, use and attitudes of the Indian students in higher educational institutions about scholarly open access.

Design/methodology/approach

Survey method was used in the study. The sample population of the study was 212 Indian students belonging to different higher educational institutions in India.

Findings

The results of the study reveal a gloomy picture about the open access (OA) awareness and use among Indian students. Unfamiliarity with the OA journals and high publication fee were the main obstacles for the students not to publish in OA journals. However, a majority of the students reported their willingness to publish in OA journals in future if the obstacles are removed. A very meager ratio of the respondents had published in OA journals so far. In addition, motivational factors for publishing in OA journals were also taken into consideration, and respondent's indicated winning research grants, great impact and higher citations as main factors to publish in OA journals.

Research limitations/implications

This study is geographically limited to the students of the higher educational institutions located in India.

Practical implications

This study will help to understand the involvement and behavior of the Indian students toward scholarly open access. The study will also guide what measures need to be taken in the take up of open access movement.

Originality/value

Institutional repositories appeared to be relatively a novel term for the respondents, and in order to get the citation advantages and higher visibility, librarians can make an effort to persuade students to publish their research work in open access journals and institutional/subject repositories. The study recommends that institutions need to take appropriate measures to inform students about the importance and overall benefits associated with using of OA platforms in their scholarly work.

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Citation

Palla, I.A., Sheikh, A. and Baquee, A. (2022), "Awareness, use and attitudes of the Indian higher educational institutions students about scholarly open access: an empirical analysis", Library Management, Vol. 43 No. 6/7, pp. 476-491. https://doi.org/10.1108/LM-12-2021-0107

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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