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Sprouts, Open Access Publishing and the Future of Information Systems Research

Michel Avital
University of Amsterdam, Netherlands


Abstract
In this presentation, I explore the potential role of Sprouts in the ecosystem of IS research publishing. This presentation was made in Twenty Ninth International Conference on Information Systems, Paris 2008, as part of a panel on "Open Access Publishing and the Future of Information Systems Research." The panel description is available in ICIS 2008 Proceedings at: http://aisel.aisnet.org/icis2008/126/ and the other presentations are available through the following: Bo-Christer Björk: http://sprouts.aisnet.org/8-33/ ; Kevin Crowston: http://sprouts.aisnet.org/8-32/ ; and Ann Majchrzak: http://sprouts.aisnet.org/8-34/

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Reference:Avital, M. (2008). "Sprouts, Open Access Publishing and the Future of Information Systems Research," University of Amsterdam, Netherlands . Sprouts: Working Papers on Information Systems, 8(35). http://sprouts.aisnet.org/8-35
Keywords:Sprouts, Scholarly Publishing, Open Access, Working Papers, Online Repositories
Item Type:Article - Volume 8 Article 35 (2008)
Language:English
Email: Michel Avital (avital@uva.nl)
Related Link(s):http://aisel.aisnet.org/icis2008/126/, http://sprouts.aisnet.org/8-33/, http://sprouts.aisnet.org/8-32/, http://sprouts.aisnet.org/8-34/
Additional Information:General Abstract: The advent of the Internet and the subsequent adoption of open access schemas are changing the nature of the scholarly discourse. In response, we stimulate a debate about the role and desired form of open access publishing in the context of the IS discipline. In particular, we explore the potential contribution of establishing an open access disciplinary repository of working papers and work in progress. Furthermore, we propose its design principle and illustrate our thesis with a working prototype of such disciplinary repository entitled Sprouts (http://sprouts.aisnet.org). Finally, we call for participation and further action in realizing a global repository of IS research in progress.

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