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Poster Session 1 of 2
Time: 26/Mar/2018: 5:00pm-6:30pm · Location: Ground Floor Lobby Space (Diamond)

Charities’ perceptions of open access to medical research: a situational analysis

Emily Beatrice Nunn

University of Sheffield, United Kingdom

This poster outlines the methodology and preliminary results of a study exploring medical charities’ perceptions of open access to scholarly research. It is part of a wider project investigating the use of OA research in different non-academic contexts, and it is based on analysis of eight semi-structured interviews conducted with staff members in medical charities. Interviews were analyzed using Situational Analysis, a form of constructivist grounded theory developed by Adele Clarke. Preliminary results are presented, including the expertise and insider knowledge which medical charity staff use to get access to paywalled research, the values and risks (to different social groups) perceived in making research open access, and the different discursive constructions of the ‘non-academic’ user who wishes to access research. The study contributes to a small, but growing body of research exploring the potential value of open access outside academia.

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