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Scholarly communication and open access: Perspectives from Korea

Joung, KH and Rowley, J (2017) Scholarly communication and open access: Perspectives from Korea. Learned Publishing, 30 (4). pp. 259-267. ISSN 0953-1513

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© 2017 Association of Learned & Professional Society Publishers. This article reports on scholarly communication and open access (OA) in Korea. Drawing on a range of databases, articles, and reference sources, it provides unique insights. In contrast to the UK/US model of scholarly communication, in Korea, most scholarly journals are published by discipline-based scholarly societies and research institutes affiliated to universities. Payment for publication is the norm, and typically features article processing charges and scholarly society membership fees for both OA and toll access (TA) journals. Online access to journals in Korea is provided by commercial vendors who enter into contracts with the scholarly societies for exclusive use. Three online access models apply - TA, gold OA, and dual access - with the use of these models varying between disciplines. In parallel with this access provided by commercial vendors, there are a number of government-funded open access repositories (OARs) to which university researchers are requested to deposit their research outputs, as well as OARs run by universities and other research institutes.

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