ASIST2007: Student Paper Awards
MAPPING SCHOLARS’ DECISION PROCESSES AND FACTORS THAT INFLUENCE
HOW THEY PUBLISH AND DISTRIBUTE THEIR WORK
Phillip M. Edwards
scholarly communication (includes informal scholarly comms and formal)
NT scholarly publishing (journal)
NT open access
NT formal writing & supplements (pre prints, working papers, etc)
NT Open access
- how do scholars decide where to publish their work
- how are these decisions influenced by priorities of publishers , libraries, institutions (maybe also community norms and social ?)
- how can these institutions better support “good” decisions by scholars?
ill-defined decision processes
Rules a la Merton, Hagstrom
Forms a la Garvey et al
Modes of access
lit on ill-defined decision processes (mintzberg, raisinghani theoret 1976)
- unstructured, strategic decision processes
- decision stimuli
- solution types
- identification phase (decision recognition routine, diagnosis routine)
- attribution theory (tetlock and levi, 1982)
- kelley’s vs. weiner’s dimensions of attribution theories
- from LIS literature many sources of influence on publishing decisions
- how do scholars traverse the landscape (make decisions related to their own productivity and impacts of potential outcomes)
rq1: at what stage of the research do they think of venues?
rq2: decision making routines, during the publishing lifetimes of a scholarly project?
rq3: how do scholars explain their publishing/distribution behaviors?
2 dept in one institution
- access to OA in their discipline
- their discipline doesn’t default to oa (physics I guess?)
(he’s picked one social science and one science)
critical decision interview method (like critical incident method but for decisions)
(by doing it after, what is lost?)
q audience: senior vs. junior
will look at and see how that matters
q audience: which disciplines?
bio and comms
q audience: maybe vertical with multiple