About this Research Topic
This Research Topic aims to investigate OA publishing trends across countries, disciplines, and institutions in Asian countries, their benefits to researchers and other stakeholders, and the barriers researchers face in adopting different OA publishing models. This also includes the evaluation of OA mandates and policies of the governments, research funders, and research institutions that require researchers or recipients of research grants to publish their research in open access. It is also vital to understand the difference in varied models of OA publishing so that researchers can opt for the suitable one to make their research visible to readers. Further, new models need to be devised so that more authors come forward in publishing their research in OA.
In this Research Topic, OA includes OA journals, self-archiving, and different OA models, including gold, green, and hybrid. We expect contributions (all article types are accepted, with a focus on original research articles, review articles, and opinions) from scholars of different countries and regions, covering a wide range of methodological approaches to better understand OA scholarly publishing trends and perspectives in various contexts. The authors can contribute to the following areas of research, including but not limited to:
• Growth of OA journals and Institutional or disciplinary repositories.
• Use of different self-archiving venues for making published, peer-reviewed journal articles OA.
• OA availability to scientific research across countries, disciplines, and institutions.
• Evaluation of the impact of OA policies.
• Impact of OA on research for the advancement of science.
• Factors that motivate and impede researchers from adopting OA.
• Comparative analysis of OA initiatives and policies of Asian countries with other countries of the world
Keywords: Scholarly Communication, Open Access, Open Science, Open Access Policies, mandates; Open Access journals, Open Access Institutional Repositories
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