There has long been a debate about openness in scholarship, and even the term itself continues to be debated. Openness is a complex and multidimensional concept, and its nature in scholarship continually evolves. One of the hindrances to the transition to greater openness in academia is this lack of clear understanding about how it fits into the practice of scholarly communication.
To ensure that librarians as knowledge managers can better educate scholars about the benefits and challenges of open scholarship, Victoria Martin’s The Complete Guide to Open Scholarship brings clarity to the concept of openness, tests assumptions concerning it, and strikes the right balance between breaking down complex ideas into simpler ones and honoring the reader’s intelligence and previous knowledge of the subject. Readers will learn several ways in which openness can be perceived as well as the history of openness in scholarship. Drawing on specific examples, Martin discusses the most prominent scholarly models based on openness, barriers to openness, concerns about openness in scholarship, and the future of open scholarship.
- Uses scholarly literature, professional experience, and real-life examples to discuss openness
- Tackles barriers to openness and concerns about openness in scholarship
- Shows how openness fits into the full life cycle of scholarship, from idea creation to data collection and the distribution of final research results
- Interrogates the likely future of open scholarship