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Scholarly Communication Experts


Report from the Scholcomm Experts Stakeholder Group


Published by Mason Publishing, online at Open Scholarship Initiative Proceedings, Volume 2, 2017. doi: ©2017 OSI2017 Scholarly Communication Experts Stakeholder Group. This open access article is distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.


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.



Bryan Alexander; Suzie Allard; Eric Archambault; Marilyn Billings; Hillary Corbett; Sheree Crosby; John G. Dove; Lacey Earle; Christopher Erdmann; Adrian Ho; Najko Jahn; Roy Kaufman; Barrett Matthews; Catherine Mitchell; Eric L. Olson; T. Scott Plutchak; Rachael G. Samberg. This document reflects the combined input of these authors (listed here in alphabetical order by last name) as well as contributions from other OSI2017 delegates. The findings and recommendations expressed herein do not necessarily reflect the opinions of individual authors, nor of their agencies, trustees, officers, or staff