AUTHOR: Dr. Minakshi and Dr. Naresh Kumar
TITLE :AWARENESS OF OPEN ACCESS RESOURCES AMONG THE SCHOLARS AND FACULTY MEMBERS IN THE UNIVERSITIES OF HARYANA AND PUNJAB
The fundamental objective of the paper is to investigate the awareness regarding Open access and its resources among the PhD Scholars and Faculty members having science background only. A structured questionnaire has been designed and distributed randomly among the 820 PhD scholars and Faculty Members in the Six Universities of Haryana and Six University of Punjab. A well-prepared questionnaire was used for the collection of data. Moreover, the extensive survey has been conducted on PhD scholars 611(74.5%), Assistant professor 145(17.7%), Associate Professor 29(3.5%) and Professor 35(4. 3%). The findings of the study revealed that majority of the respondents 364(44.4%) were moderately aware, while 287(35%) admitted that they were extremely aware,92(11.2%) respondents somewhat aware and a very low percentage of users 13(1.6%) reported that they were not aware of open access. The study also determined that user awareness regarding types of open access resources. The study reported that 273(33.3%) respondents were moderately aware of Shod Ganga open with highest mean score 3.51, followed by World Wide Science. Org with 2nd highest mean score 3.31 and Directory of Open Access Journal(DOAJ) secured rank 3rd with mean value 3.28. The study also revealed that the maximum number of the respondents 579(70.9%) were satisfied regarding the comfort and use of Open Access resources.
Keywords: Open Access, Open Access Resources, PhD scholars and Faculty members
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