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2010, 2020

New AARC Journal Article: Who’s writing Open Access articles?

Tuesday, October 20, 2020|

AARC strongly supports the Open Access (OA) publication model, and the overarching goals of Open Science. We are committed to depositing the datasets we produce for our projects in a publicly accessible repository, and we commit to produce only OA articles. Upon the occasion of #OpenAccessWeek, AARC researchers completed a study of Open Access literature, and their new study is now available on the Quantitative Science Studies website.

AARC Director Anthony J. Olejniczak, Ph.D. and AARC Researchers Molly J. Wilson, Ph.D. studied the characteristics of  authors who choose to publish their work in OA venues. Their article, titled Who’s writing Open Access (OA) articles? Characteristics of OA authors at Ph.D. granting institutions in the USA, demonstrates that the democratization of the research literature through increased adoption of the OA publishing model may be skewed towards only a subset of scholars. Their findings are summarized in the article’s abstract:

The open access (OA) publication movement aims to present research literature to the public at no cost and with no restrictions. While the democratization of access to scholarly literature is a primary focus of the movement, it remains unclear whether OA has uniformly democratized the corpus of freely available research, or whether authors who choose to publish in OA venues represent a particular subset of scholars – those with access to resources enabling them to afford article processing charges (APCs). We investigated the number of OA articles with article processing charges (APC OA) authored by 182,320 scholars with known demographic and institutional characteristics at American research universities across 11 broad fields of study. Results show, in general, that the likelihood for a scholar to author an APC OA article increases with male gender, employment at a prestigious institution (AAU member universities), association with a STEM discipline, greater federal research funding, and more advanced career stage (i.e., higher professorial rank). Participation in APC OA publishing appears to be skewed toward scholars with greater access to resources and job security.

2209, 2020

FastFacts – Education

Tuesday, September 22, 2020|

Fast Facts - EducationThis Fast Facts report covers the broad field of Education which is a level three subject in the Academic Analytics taxonomy. The disciplines included in this broad field are: Counselor Education, Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Evaluation and Research, Educational Leadership and Administration, Foundations of Education, Higher Education/Higher Education Administration, Mathematics Education, Science Education, Special Education, and Teacher Education.

Collaborations with other broad fields most often involves researchers in Social and Behavioral Sciences where they account for 21.4% of all co-authored journal publications. The next frequent collaborative field, Family, Consumer and Human Sciences, accounts for 8.1% of all co-authored journal publications in Education. Do you know who are the top potential collaborators in these fields that best complement your research and where they are located?

Download the full report here: Education

2209, 2020

FastFacts – Agricultural Sciences

Tuesday, September 22, 2020|

FastFacts - Agricultural SciencesThis Fast Facts report covers the broad field of Agricultural Sciences which is a level three subject in the Academic Analytics taxonomy. Disciplines included in this broad field are: Agricultural Economics, Agriculture, Agronomy and Crop Science, Animal Sciences, Food Science, Horticulture, Plant Sciences, and Soil Science.

Collaborations with other broad fields most often involves researchers in Biological and Biomedical Sciences where they account for 22.1% of all co-authored journal publications. The next f requent collaborative field, Natural Resources and Conservation, accounts for 6.9% of all co-authored journal publications in Agricultural Sciences. Do you know who are the top potential collaborators in these fields that best complement your research and where they are located?

Download the full report here: Agricultural Sciences

2209, 2020

FastFacts – Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Tuesday, September 22, 2020|

FastFacts - Biological and Biomedical SciencesThis Fast Facts report covers the broad field of Biological and Biomedical Sciences which is a level three subject in the Academic Analytics taxonomy. This broad field includes the disciplines: Anatomy, Biochemistry, Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, Biology/Biological Sciences, Biomedical Sciences, Biophysics, Botany/Plant Biology, Cell Biology, Cognitive Science, Developmental Biology, Ecology, Entomology, Epidemiology, Evolutionary Biology, Genetics, Human and Medical Genetics, Immunology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Molecular Genetics, Molecular Pharmacology, Neurobiology/Neuroscience, Oncology and Cancer Biology, Oral Biology and Craniofacial Science, Pathology, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Pharmacology, Physiology, Plant Pathology, Structural Biology, Toxicology, and Zoology.

Download the full report here: Biological and Biomedical Sciences

1308, 2020

FastFacts – Civil Engineering

Thursday, August 13, 2020|

FastFacts - Civil EngineeringCollaborations with other disciplines most often involve researchers in Environmental Engineering where they account for 21.3% of all co-authored journal publications. The next frequent collaborative field, Geology/Earth Science, General, accounts for 17.6% of the total co-authored journal publications for Civil Engineering. Do you know who are the top potential collaborators in these fields that best complement your research and where they are located?

According to the data captured in the Academic Analytics database, 41.6% of Civil Engineering faculty have received a national honorific award. The American Society of Civil Engineers provides the most honorific awards for the discipline, accounting for 25% of all recorded awards. Of the faculty population for whom we can infer gender, the distribution of awards granted by the American Society of Civil Engineers is 90% of awards going to male scholars and 10% going to female scholars.

Download the full report here: Civil Engineering

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