Sunday, January 30, 2011

Sara Aull Student Paper Award 2010

The NCSLA sponsored Sara Aull Student Paper Award was presented to Chris Doty of UNC-Chapel Hill during the NCSLA annual banquet in December 2010. This annual award is given to a North Carolina library science graduate student who has written a paper of publishable quality relating to special libraries. Doty was awarded $1,000 for his paper entitled Influences of Anticipated Citation Counts and Author-Fees on the Attitudes of Tenure-Track Science Faculty toward Open Access Journals.

Doty’s paper explores what factors influence UNC biology and chemistry faculty to choose where to send their manuscripts for publication. The paper also explores faculty’s publishing decisions based on their expectation of increased citations. Doty’s goal was to find successful strategies to market Open Access to biomedical, life science, and physical science researchers.

Doty’s background in science research as well as his interest in scholarly communication in the sciences influenced the topic of his paper. He plans on pursuing further extensions of this paper. With Open Access being such a timely topic, we look forward to his future publications and contributions to the library and information science field.

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