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Juan Pablo Alperin: Does Our Research Serve the Public, or Only Ourselves?

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Sponsored by the Scholarly Commons of the University Library and made possible through a generous gift from the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics.
Illini Union 407, 1401 W. Green Street, Urbana
Mar 9, 2017   4:00 pm  
Juan Pablo Alperin (Assistant Professor at the Canadian Institute for Studies in Publishing; Associate Director of Research with the Public Knowledge Project at Simon Fraser University
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Traditionally, scholarly efforts have focused on making research available and discoverable among scholars, scientists, and related professionals. However, with the onset of the digital era and the electronic circulation of research and scholarship, a new model of "open access" to this body of work has taken hold, one which is committed to making research freely and universally available online. The same digital era has given us the possibility of capturing and measuring how knowledge is produced, disseminated, and used, both within and beyond this traditional group of professional researchers. In his talk, Dr. Alperin will present research findings, gathered through novel strategies and tools, that the public is already taking advantage of the growing body of freely available research. However, despite the growing evidence and a stated interest that our work have societal impact, many of our scholarly publishing practices continue to keep the research out of the public's hands. As it becomes easier to provide evidence of public interest even in the most obscure and esoteric topics, academics of all stripes will be increasingly challenged to ask ourselves if our scholarly publishing system is serving the public's best interests, or simply our own. 

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