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Publishing and the Gatekeepers
Charlotte Roh

Last modified: 2017-05-24


Money is not the only barrier to access to research that has led many of us to open access publishing. For many library publishers, university-based journal systems, OER creators, and subject repositories, one of the contributing factors has been the making of space for different voices that have been told that the market is not there for the work. New publishing practitioners quickly realize this is not the case, the proof visible in scale and scope, the number of downloads and their global reach. But how were these scholarly voices limited in the first place? In our open access efforts, are we being careful not to replicate the silencing performed by colonialist, biased systems? This talk examines existing research on the demographics of scholarly communication and their possible impacts, and how those in the open access publishing community can look beyond cost to be truly open.

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