The Complete Guide to Open Scholarship
by Victoria Martin
May 2022, 199pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Libraries Unlimited

Paperback: 978-1-4408-7280-8
$80, £62, 70€, A110
eBook Available: 978-1-4408-7281-5
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Provides readers with a thorough understanding of how open scholarship fits into the practice of scholarly communication.

Offers librarians an authoritative overview of the full spectrum of significant issues and controversies related to open scholarship in a candid and fair-minded manner.

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 the history of openness in scholarship as well as several ways in which openness can be perceived. 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
Victoria Martin is a librarian with more than 18 years of professional experience in academic librarianship. She is author of journal articles, book and database reviews, essays, book chapters, and two books: Demystifying eResearch: A Primer for Librarians, which, according to Library Journal, "belongs in most academic libraries" and Transdisciplinarity Revealed: What Librarians Need to Know, which was one of Choice's Editors' Picks for November 2017.


"Informative, accessible, and pleasant to read, 'The Complete Guide to Open Scholarship' is a worthy addition to the collections of students and faculty, but above all academic librarians."—Technical Services Quarterly, January 1, 2023

"Victoria Martin has done an admirable job of teasing apart the tangled conceptual threads of “openness” and laying them out in a clear and logical manner, while even-handedly considering both its costs and its benefits. This book will be a boon to anyone who wants to understand the complex landscape of open scholarship."—Rick Anderson, University Librarian, Brigham Young University
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