Dismantling the Ivory Tower’s Knowledge Boundaries: A Call for Open Access as the New Normal in the Social Sciences Post-COVID

14 Pages Posted: 18 May 2022

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Jacqueline N. Lane

Harvard Business School - Technology and Operations Management Unit

Hila Lifshitz-Assaf

Harvard University Lab for Innovation Sciences; Harvard LISH, Lab for Innovation Sciences; University of Warwick, Warwick Business School

Date Written: February 15, 2022

Abstract

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, governments, policymakers, foundations, publishers, and researchers poured significant resources into scientific knowledge production on COVID-19 and its impacts while also expanding access to such research. The emphasis on the “open access” publishing model—a set of principles and practices through which research outputs are distributed online, free of cost and access barriers—was a boon to researchers studying the crisis and society in general, dismantling disciplinary and socio-economic boundaries within academia as well as boundaries between academia and the general public. By embracing the open access publishing model outside times of crisis, we could dismantle those boundaries permanently, leading to immeasurable benefits for society.

Suggested Citation

N. Lane, Jacqueline and Lifshitz-Assaf, Hila, Dismantling the Ivory Tower’s Knowledge Boundaries: A Call for Open Access as the New Normal in the Social Sciences Post-COVID (February 15, 2022). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4035670 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4035670

Jacqueline N. Lane

Harvard Business School - Technology and Operations Management Unit ( email )

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United States

Hila Lifshitz-Assaf (Contact Author)

Harvard University Lab for Innovation Sciences ( email )

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Harvard LISH, Lab for Innovation Sciences ( email )

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University of Warwick, Warwick Business School ( email )

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