Librarians as gate-openers in open access publishing: A case study in the United Arab Emirates

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The advent of open access (OA) has changed the scholarly communication landscape resulting in disruption of traditional relationships between different stakeholders. Thus, the gatekeeping role of academic librarians has been impaired. However, by assuming the role of gate-openers, librarians have become facilitators of OA uptake in the United Arab Emirates. Results of the UAE librarians survey show that they are aware of OA routes and predatory journals; they are using different instruction methods to educate users on OA resources and publishing; and they harness OA resources along the traditional subscription-based products. Readers of international library journals need to be aware of efforts undertaken by their peers to advance OA mandate outside the Eastern European and North American context, often dominating scholarly communication studies.
Original languageEnglish
Article number102425
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • Open Access
  • Scholarly publishing
  • academic librarians

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