Transforming scholarly communications: The part played by the pandemic and the contribution of early career researchers

David Nicholas, Eti Herman, Cherifa Boukacem-Zeghmouri, Blanca Rodríguez-Bravo, Anthony Watkinson, Abdullah Abrizah, Marzena Świgoń, Jie Xu, David Sims, Galina Serbina, David Clark, Hamid R. Jamali, Carol Tenopir, Suzie Allard

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Abstract

Investigates whether junior researchers believe that the scholarly communication system is changing in a significant way, whether they have contributed to the changes they envisaged, whether the pandemic has fast-forwarded change and what they thought a transformed system might look like. The data are drawn from the Harbingers-2 project, which investigated the impact of the pandemic on the scholarly communications attitudes and behaviours of early career researchers (ECRs), employing repeat interviewing with around 170 science and social science junior researchers from eight countries. The article focuses on the findings of the last of three rounds of interviews, with comparisons made with the first round, held 18 months earlier, when the pandemic was most active. A majority of ECRs thought that there had been significant changes in the scholarly system, and a large minority thought that the pandemic was responsible. Most of them wanted a system that was more open in terms of open access and open data, with a third taking personal action to bring about change.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)492-505
Number of pages14
JournalLearned Publishing
Volume36
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2023

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