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Perception of Academics Regarding the Credibility of Online Resources: Open Access versus Subscribed Journals with Special Reference to Eastern University, Sri Lanka

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M. Norman Ravikumar ,

Eastern University, LK
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T. Ramanan

McMaster University, One James North Street, Hamilton, Ontario, CA
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Abstract

Electronic information resources can be either credible or unreliable. Vast majority of information on the Internet is neither authenticated nor having any mechanism to validate its credibility. Thus, it has been a great challenge for any researcher who uses them for their problem-solving. Education and research institutions use and contribute to the development of academic journals that broadly fall under two categories, namely subscribed and open access. In this regard, this paper discusses about the views of academics of Eastern University, Sri Lanka depending on these resources for using and publishing their research work. Particularly, this study investigates about the perception of academics over subscription journals and open access resources in regard to their accessibility, visibility and credibility. Summary of results show that researchers hold high value for online subscribed journals in terms of their credibility, meanwhile accessibility to the same is quite a challenge. On the other hand, open access journals give rise to visibility and affordability. Therefore, authors shed light on the need of making open access resources more credible.
How to Cite: Ravikumar, M.N. and Ramanan, T., 2019. Perception of Academics Regarding the Credibility of Online Resources: Open Access versus Subscribed Journals with Special Reference to Eastern University, Sri Lanka. Journal of the University Librarians Association of Sri Lanka, 22(2), pp.86–101. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/jula.v22i2.7939
Published on 28 Aug 2019.
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