The use of theory in research relating to open access: Practitioner perspectives

Simon Wakeling, Stephen Pinfield, David Bawden, Lyn Robinson

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Abstract

The relationship between theory and practice has long been considered problematic for many applied academic disciplines. In this short paper we report preliminary findings from a two‐year research project investigating the ways and the extent that theory and practice have interacted in the development of open‐access (OA) approaches to the publishing and dissemination of research outputs. Based on interviews with practitioners and researchers working on OA related issues, we explore the ways in which theory is (and isn't) of value to practice. We find that while practitioners acknowledge that theory has the potential to improve understanding, bestow credibility on work, and codify existing knowledge about OA, they also perceive it as “mood music” to the practical work of OA, lacking explicit links to action.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Association for Information Science and Technology
Pages788-789
Number of pages2
Volume56
Edition1
ISBN (Electronic)2373-9231
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 18 Oct 2019
EventAnnual Meeting of the Association for Information Science and Technology: 82nd ASIS&T Annual Meeting - Crown Centre, Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 19 Oct 201923 Oct 2019
Conference number: 82
https://www.asist.org/am19/
https://asistdl.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf/10.1002/pra2.208 (Conference program)

Conference

ConferenceAnnual Meeting of the Association for Information Science and Technology
Abbreviated titleInformation anyone, anywhere, any time, any way
CountryAustralia
CityMelbourne
Period19/10/1923/10/19
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    Wakeling, S., Pinfield, S., Bawden, D., & Robinson, L. (2019). The use of theory in research relating to open access: Practitioner perspectives. In Proceedings of the Association for Information Science and Technology (1 ed., Vol. 56, pp. 788-789) https://doi.org/10.1002/pra2.177