Awareness towards Open Access Sources among Students, Researchers and Faculty in Management Colleges in Karnataka

Abstract

Author(s): Prasad N. N, Chandrashekara M.

The present study aims at assessing awareness towards open access sources among students, researchers and faculty in management colleges in Karnataka and compare across them. A total of 923 respondents including 470 students, 176 researchers and 277 faculty members were selected the study sample through stratified random sampling. They were administered a structured questionnaire on various aspects of open access. The data is subjected to descriptive and contingency coefficient analysis. Results revealed that, the selected sample had high awareness on sources like Directory of Open Access Journals: Business and Economics, Directory of Open Access Books, American Libraries through Internet Archive, arXiv, and MIT Open Courseware. The selected sample had least awareness on OAJS. Biz/ed: Business Studies Teaching and Education Resource, BCStats (British Colombia), Open Learn (OU),University of Michigan Open Courseware, OAIster Digital Repository, and CORE (Connecting Repositories). Comparison across faculty, researchers and students revealed that in most of the aspects researchers had higher awareness.

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