Open Access in Theory and Practice investigates the theory-practice relationship in the domain of open access publication and dissemination of research outputs.
Drawing on detailed analysis of the literature and current practice in OA, as well as data collected in detailed interviews with practitioners, policymakers, and researchers, the book discusses what constitutes ‘theory’, and how the role of theory is perceived by both theorists and practitioners. Exploring the ways theory and practice have interacted in the development of OA, the authors discuss what this reveals about the nature of the OA phenomenon itself and the theory-practice relationship.
Open Access in Theory and Practice contributes to a better understanding of OA and, as such, should be of great interest to academics, researchers, and students working in the fields of information science, publishing studies, science communication, higher education policy, business, and economics. The book also makes an important contribution to the debate of the relationship between theory and practice in information science, and more widely across different fields of the social sciences and humanities
Table of Contents
Part 1: Foundations: Open Access
Chapter 1: Open Access: Beginnings and Developments
Chapter 2: Open Access: Components and Relationships
Part 2: Foundations: Theory and Practice
Chapter 3: Theory: Definitions and Disciplines
Chapter 4: Theory and Practice: Relationships and Gaps
Part 3: Perspectives: Theory in Research
Chapter 5: Theory in Open Access Studies: Scoping and Analysing
Chapter 6: Theory in Open Access Studies: Using and Generating
Part 4: Perspectives: Theory in Action
Chapter 7: Theory in Open Access Practice: Theorising and Acting
Chapter 8: Theory in Open Access Practice: Engaging and Evading
Part 5: Integrations: Theory, Practice, and Open Access
Chapter 9: Theory and Practice: Barriers and Bridges
Chapter 10: Open Access: Debates and Priorities
Chapter 11: Conclusion: Open Access in Theory and Practice
Stephen Pinfield is Professor of Information Services Management, University of Sheffield, UK.
Simon Wakeling is a Lecturer at the School of Information Studies, Charles Sturt University, Australia.
David Bawden is Professor of Information Science, City, University of London, UK
Lyn Robinson is Reader in Library and Information Science, City, University of London, UK