1st Edition

Open Access in Theory and Practice
The Theory-Practice Relationship and Openness

ISBN 9780367227852
Published July 8, 2020 by Routledge
256 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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

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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

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