The Open Scholarship Initiative
Working together in partnership with UNESCO to improve the future of open

Report from the Scholcomm Experts Stakeholder Group

Introduction

This stakeholder group reflects a diverse constituency including: university presses; repository managers; scholarly communication librarians; researchers; copyright attorneys; funders; and more. Indeed, we believe we embody a microcosm of stakeholders across the scholarly publishing terrain.

As professionals with shared interests in supporting a sustainable scholarly publishing lifecycle we share a perspective of OA that reflects both the need for clarity in communication about what open scholarship means and a richer underlying landscape enabling a spectrum of openness for different scholarly objects. For instance, open data may demand both a different meaning and a different timeline for achieving “openness” than open articles would. Yet, the way the scholarly community interprets “open” is currently muddled by disparate understandings of the term and stymied by the existing binary publishing framework—that is, open vs. closed.

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Published by Mason Publishing, online at osi.gmu.edu. Copyright OSI, distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. This document reflects the combined input of the authors as well as contributions from other OSI participants. The findings and recommendations expressed herein do not necessarily reflect the opinions of individual authors, nor of their agencies, trustees, officers, or staff.