Jay Dolmage discusses open access scholarship

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

jay dolmageDr. Jay Dolmage is Associate Professor of English and the founding editor of the Canadian Journal of Disability Studies. In this interview, Dolmage shares his experience as editor, how the Library supports his efforts, and why open access is essential.

How has editing the Canadian Journal of Disability Studies had an impact on your research and scholarship?

Editing the journal has taught me a lot about the breadth and depth of the field of disability studies. But the major way the journal has changed my research and scholarship has been about access: the journal is open access and all of the content is available anywhere in the world for free. Moreover, we use specific formats and stylistic guidelines to be sure that the content is accessible to all readers. I have been shocked by how many readers we have, and where they come to us from. This has changed what I think of as the role for disability studies in a globalizing world: we need to work hard to make the field as accessible as possible, globally.

How has the Library supported your efforts?

The Library has been tremendous — handling all of the technical details associated with hosting the journal, archiving the data, ensuring that updates are installed. The Library also “gets” the open access philosophy and has invested in it.

What advice would you have for faculty members interested in starting an open access journal?

I would say do it! I knew very little about it before I began, aside from the fact that I believed that a disability studies journal had to be open access. I have learned as I went along — with the help of the Library.

Story originally posted on Library News.

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