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Holly Brewer, Associate Professor of History

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The campaign for open access is complicated. How does one balance the costs of copy editing, marketing, printing, and other expenses of quality publishing with the fact that publicly funded research should be available to the public at little to no cost?

This is a topic Holly Brewer, University of Maryland Burke Chair of American Cultural and Intellectual History, Associate Professor of History, and Co-Chair of the… Continue

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Patricia Alexander, Professor, College of Education

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A perplexing question for Dr. Patricia Alexander, Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology, and head of the Disciplined Reading and Learning Research Lab at the University of Maryland, concerns finding a balanced, pragmatic approach to the challenges and barriers facing open access.

As a researcher, editor, and editorial board member to more than 12 journals, Alexander… Continue

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

Antoine Borrut

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

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Nedelina Tchangalova, Public Health Librarian & Kellee White, Associate Professor of Health Policy & Management

Kellee White (left) and Nedelina Tchangalova (right)

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

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

Philip Cohen

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

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Michael Dougherty, Department Chair, Psychology

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Michael Dougherty, chair of the Department of Psychology, first came to appreciate the importance of open science for the role it can play in replication and reproducibility of research. “Making work openly available is one way we can engage in a more transparent science, a more honest science,” says Dougherty. “If work can easily be double-checked by others, open access to science serves as an internal check on the system. It helps ensure we… Continue

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