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Measuring the Economic Use Value of the National Open Access Platform for Accessing Research Papers

  • Journal of the Korean Society for Library and Information Science
  • 2022, 56(3), pp.313-334
  • DOI : 10.4275/KSLIS.2022.56.3.313
  • Publisher : 한국문헌정보학회
  • Research Area : Interdisciplinary Studies > Library and Information Science
  • Received : July 19, 2022
  • Accepted : August 17, 2022
  • Published : August 31, 2022

Soonhee Pyo 1 Nahyun Kwon 2 Lee Jung Yeoun 3 Moon Sunung 2

1숭의여자대학교
2명지대학교
3중부대학교

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ABSTRACT

This study examines the economic use value of Discover, an access service of research papers and a subsystem of the National Open Access Platform (AccessON). Based on previous literature on scholarly communications and in-depth interviews with 14 academic and industrial researchers, the service value of Discover was identified as the value of time savings. Administering a survey with 1,313 researchers, the following empirical data required for estimation were obtained: for an average Korean researcher, s/he publishes 2.84 papers per year and takes 30.13 minutes in searching and using one relevant research paper. Discover was found to save 5.64 minutes per paper, saving a total of 225 minutes and KRW 99,384 per researcher per year. Finally, a total economic value of Discover was estimated as KRW 82 billion for the entire 8-year business period. An additional value of KRW 11.3 billion was estimated with the legalization of mandatory deposit of OA research papers. The study demonstrates a sufficient economic value of the national OA platform project, and positive economic impact of the OA legalization, futher offering important domestic data for future research on economic value of scholarly communications.

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