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Get to know UMD faculty, students, and other members of our scholarly community who advocate for open and equitable scholarship and have actively worked towards making Maryland's research more visible, accessible, affordable, and transparent.


Antoine Borrut
Antoine Borrut, Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies, History Department

As the global open access scholarship movement gains momentum, many scholarly associations grapple with the complex issue of whether and how to convert their traditional, subscription based journals to an online, open access model. In a few cases, however, the conversion to open access (OA) was achieved by scholarly associations very early in the OA movement, mostly through the hard work of key leaders who recognized the value of equitable… Continue

Kellee White (left) and Nedelina Tchangalova (right)
Nedelina Tchangalova, Public Health Librarian & Kellee White, Associate Professor of Health Policy & Management

Back when she was a student in Bulgaria, Nedelina Tchangalova was attempting to finish up her degree when she hit a roadblock: she couldn’t access many of the publications she needed to write her thesis.

That frustrating experience put her on the path towards advocating for open science, a path she continues to walk today as the University of Maryland’s Public Health Librarian.

“Libraries value intellectual freedom as part of… Continue

Philip Cohen
Philip Cohen, Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Sociology

Philip Cohen is, unequivocally, a proponent of open science.

He’s a sociologist, a demographer, the director of graduate studies in Maryland’s sociology department, and the founder of SocArXiv — a free, non-profit, open-access repository containing a wide array of social science research.

Much of that research depends on a public audience for input and relevancy, Cohen said. The catalysts for a lot of Cohen’s own research into… Continue