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Black Open Access in Sweden : a study on the perceptions on and usage of illicit repositories of academic documents

Kjellström, Zakayo LU (2019) ABMM54 20191
Division of ALM and Digital Cultures
Abstract
The purpose of this thesis is to create an additional critique of academic publishing through the lens of black open access – illicit measures for access to academic documents. This is done primarily through the process of qualitative interviews with librarians and PhD-students active at two Swedish universites. The thesis also includes a minor statistical case study aiming to show the usage of the black open access repository (or “shadow library”) Sci-Hub in Sweden. Black open access has, for some time, been the only alternative to access academic literature for many students and researchers outside the global north. This because, publishers are getting increasingly consolidated, securing a hold over the access to academic information... (More)
The purpose of this thesis is to create an additional critique of academic publishing through the lens of black open access – illicit measures for access to academic documents. This is done primarily through the process of qualitative interviews with librarians and PhD-students active at two Swedish universites. The thesis also includes a minor statistical case study aiming to show the usage of the black open access repository (or “shadow library”) Sci-Hub in Sweden. Black open access has, for some time, been the only alternative to access academic literature for many students and researchers outside the global north. This because, publishers are getting increasingly consolidated, securing a hold over the access to academic information through barriers in technology or infrastructure. This thesis shows that librarians and PhD-students at the institutions are overbearingly positive towards black open access alternatives, often citing the publisher hegemony as the main reason for the emergence of illicit routes of information retrieval. Furthermore, the statistical study shows that the usage of Sci-Hub is very low in Sweden. This can be attributed to a still functioning information infrastructure in Sweden or usage of other platforms and more informal exchanges of “pirated” literature. (Less)
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author
Kjellström, Zakayo LU
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course
ABMM54 20191
year
type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
keywords
Black open access, guerilla open access, publisher hegemony, academic capitalism, shadow library
language
English
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8978272
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2019-07-16 09:25:37
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  abstract     = {The purpose of this thesis is to create an additional critique of academic publishing through the lens of black open access – illicit measures for access to academic documents. This is done primarily through the process of qualitative interviews with librarians and PhD-students active at two Swedish universites. The thesis also includes a minor statistical case study aiming to show the usage of the black open access repository (or “shadow library”) Sci-Hub in Sweden. Black open access has, for some time, been the only alternative to access academic literature for many students and researchers outside the global north. This because, publishers are getting increasingly consolidated, securing a hold over the access to academic information through barriers in technology or infrastructure. This thesis shows that librarians and PhD-students at the institutions are overbearingly positive towards black open access alternatives, often citing the publisher hegemony as the main reason for the emergence of illicit routes of information retrieval. Furthermore, the statistical study shows that the usage of Sci-Hub is very low in Sweden. This can be attributed to a still functioning information infrastructure in Sweden or usage of other platforms and more informal exchanges of “pirated” literature.},
  author       = {Kjellström, Zakayo},
  keyword      = {Black open access,guerilla open access,publisher hegemony,academic capitalism,shadow library},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Black Open Access in Sweden : a study on the perceptions on and usage of illicit repositories of academic documents},
  year         = {2019},
}