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Open and shut: open access in hybrid educational technology journals 2010 – 2017

Costello, Eamon orcid logoORCID: 0000-0002-2775-6006, Farrelly, Tom orcid logoORCID: 0000-0002-1986-4154 and Murphy, Tony (2020) Open and shut: open access in hybrid educational technology journals 2010 – 2017. International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 21 (1). pp. 113-134. ISSN 1492-3831

Little is known about open access publishing in educational technology journals that employ a hybrid model which charges authors only if they wish to publish via gold open access. In this study we sought to address this gap in the scholarly understanding of open access publishing in hybrid journals that publish research into the intersection of education and technology. We analysed three categories of article access types: gold, green, and limited access, and collected data on their prevalence in the seven-year period from 2010-2017 across 29 journals. Data was gathered from Scopus, Unpaywall, Sherpa RoMEO, and via manual searches of the journal websites, resulting in a dataset comprising the metadata of 8,479 articles. Our findings highlight that most research remains locked behind paywalls, that open access publishing through legal means is a minority activity for the scholars involved, and that the complexity and costs of legal open access publishing in these journals may be inhibiting the accessibility of research to readers.
Item Type:Article (Published)
Uncontrolled Keywords:open access; open scholarship; open education; educational technology research; gold open access; publishing
Subjects:Social Sciences > Education
Social Sciences > Educational technology
DCU Faculties and Centres:DCU Faculties and Schools > DCU Business School
DCU Faculties and Schools > NIDL (National Institute for Digital Learning)
Publisher:Athabasca University Press
Official URL:http://dx.doi.org/10.19173/irrodl.v20i5.4383
Copyright Information:2020 The Authors. CC-BY- 4.0
ID Code:25125
Deposited On:29 Oct 2020 12:08 by Thomas Murtagh . Last Modified 29 Oct 2020 12:08

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