Research is key for professionals in fields such as social work to improve practice; however, most articles are unavailable outside the academic sphere, locked behind expensive paywalls. Repositories could help overcome this barrier, but are authors depositing their work? This presentation presents the results of examining over 600 citations from high impact social work journals for access via repositories and other platforms. Due to the recentness of data collection, the study also documents authors’ use of the ResearchGate platform to share research. The presentation will prompt discussion regarding repositories, discoverability outside of the academy, and copyright awareness among faculty.
- Identify the gap between research and practice, and the possible role that public access/open access might have in minimizing it.
- Gain a current snapshot of faculty engagement in utilizing repositories to share their research.
- Learn about ResearchGate and its developing role in the sharing of research.
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