In spring 2018, the library completed a campus survey investigating user satisfaction with library services. Survey results reflected a high level of faculty interest in services related to copyright, publishing, and open access, but limited faculty awareness of existing services or support. In order to better understand faculty publishing practices and find areas of need for library support, library staff members obtained Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval to complete a research project focused on faculty experiences with and attitudes about author agreements, open access, and the publication process.
In order to understand the perspectives of faculty members who are under the most pressure to publish, interviews were conducted with nine tenure-track faculty members who had not yet been promoted to Associate Professor. Participants represented disciplines from four of five UMD collegiate units, including the College of Education and Human Service Professions, College of Liberal Arts, Labovitz School of Business and Economics, and School of Fine Arts as well as the Medicine and Pharmacy Schools.
Participants answered questions about their experiences with selecting a publication outlet, managing research data, evaluating or negotiating an author rights agreement, sharing their published work, and tracking its impact (see Appendix A for interview questions). Interviews ranged from 30-45 minutes in length and were recorded and transcribed, with the exception of two interviews in which recording equipment malfunctioned. In addition to conducting interviews, library staff members reviewed participants’ most recent author agreement; see Appendix B for a summary of this review.
Grebinoski, Jodi Carlson; Miller, Chelsey; Pittman, Kim.
Faculty Publication Practices Report.
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