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Publications 2013, 1(3), 113-139; doi:10.3390/publications1030113
The Open Access Divide
Received: 29 August 2013; in revised form: 9 October 2013 / Accepted: 12 October 2013 / Published: 17 October 2013
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Open Access - A Review after 10 Years)
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Abstract: This paper is an attempt to review various aspects of the open access divide regarding the difference between those academics who support free sharing of data and scholarly output and those academics who do not. It provides a structured description by adopting the Ws doctrines emphasizing such questions as who, what, when, where and why for information-gathering. Using measurable variables to define a common expression of the open access divide, this study collects aggregated data from existing open access as well as non-open access publications including journal articles and extensive reports. The definition of the open access divide is integrated into the discussion of scholarship on a larger scale.
Keywords: scholarly information sharing; self-archiving; data; publications; open access