International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Open Access Concept and the Viewpoint of Academic Staff in Turkish Universities to the Institutional Repositories
Assistant Prof. Dr. Buket Candan

Open access that is accepted as a standard method to access the publications which are supported by the public funding has been increasingly important today since it removes the legal, commercial and technological obstacles and makes research results much more visible. When the related literature is examined, although there were various studies on open access and institutionalrepositories after the beginnings of the millennium in Turkey, no study examining the attitudes towards the institutionalrepositories is found. Today, there are many universities in Turkey having problems with constituting institutionalrepositories and many of these problems are caused by the insufficient interest of the academic staff on the issue. Gathering data to understand the attitudes and opinions of the academic staff towards open acces and institutional repositories of the academic staff -who do/will participate in the institutionalrepositories of the universities with their works- is a prerequisite to the solution of the problems, dissemination of the open acces and institution al repository awareness among the academic institutions and creation of an environment of mutual cooperation. In this context, the target population of the study where the descriptive method was employed was restricted with the academicians of two universities, one of which achieved the transition processes to the institutionalrepository and the other continues to its workings to achieve this. The research data is gathered via documentary research, questionnaire and interview techniques. The findings of the research are expected to reduce the current problems of open access and institutionalrepository and clarify the determination of more participatory policies for the future.

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