Special Issue "Open Access and Equity, Justice, and Diversity"
A special issue of Publications (ISSN 2304-6775).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (20 September 2023) | Viewed by 19267
Interests: open access; open knowledge; diversity; equity; indigenous education
Interests: open access; open knowledge; open books
The Open Access movement promotes the open sharing and accessibility of knowledge created by members of the academic and research community with stakeholders including businesses, politicians, community groups, and leaders and citizens across the world. It challenges established publishing and promotion practices within the academic and research scholarly environment that endorse and encourage the publication of research in commercial, subscription-based paywalled journals and books. This raises issues of equity, as the availability of such outputs is restricted to those with institutional access, individual subscriptions, technology, and the resources to pay to read or download. This excludes individuals outside the scholarly community and academics and researchers for whom journal subscription and book costs are prohibitive. The recent COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated the importance of immediate and free Open Access to research and knowledge to all.
From a critical perspective, the Open Access movement promotes diversity in knowledge creation. This encourages the representation of diverse dimensions of gender, ethnicity, race, indigeneity, disability, age, content, and geography in research workforces and the production of research.
The notion of justice in Open Access includes epistemological knowledge, languages, and infrastructures within scholarly publishing; and acknowledging and preventing ongoing colonisation and the knowledge hegemony of the west or global north. This means enabling the creation, publication, and dissemination of locally-based multilingual and non-Latin/non-Roman scripts in national and international research sources; in other words, epistemic and cognitive justice.
We seek submissions that may relate to the following topics (but may include more):
- the impact of commercial publishing Open Access models and transformative/read and publish agreements
- the effects of regional and national developments such as Europe’s Plan S and the US Office of Science and Technology Public Access Memo
- global vs. regional Open Access publishing models
- the role of data and analysis in understanding diversity, equity, and justice
- open access facilitating inclusive practices and knowledge sharing
- the role of metadata in supporting and enabling diversity, equity, and justice in open access
- opportunities and challenges associated with identifying Open Access publications using non-Latin scripts
- protecting rights and knowledges, practicing fairness with Open Access
- the role of technology in achieving diversity, equity, and justice in Open Access
All published manuscripts will be Open Access with no fees charged.
Dr. Katie Wilson
Prof. Dr. Lucy Montgomery
Dr. Chun-Kai (Karl) Huang
Manuscript Submission Information
Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All submissions that pass pre-check are peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.
Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Publications is an international peer-reviewed open access quarterly journal published by MDPI.
Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this Special Issue is 0 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.
- open access/open science
- open scholarship