Essay in accommodating
She traces the movement of scientific knowledge from expert to non–expert audiences and genres .
What happens to scientific knowledge as it moves across these two spheres of discourse?
Kelly is a Doctoral Candidate in the Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media program at North Carolina State University.
Her research interests include rhetoric of science and technology, science studies, citizen science, genre theory, cognitive rhetorics.
In this paper we examine how OA, coupled with innovative scientific communication practices, can help align the ideals of OA with the realities of complex, specialized genres of writing to provide better, more “open,” access to research.
We look to and the PLOS Blog Network to consider how material access coupled with communication strategies developed by bloggers can work together toward more openly accessible original scientific research articles.
This model of providing publicly accessible research is often achieved by licensing the material under a Creative Commons license (Lessig, 2001) .
However, we argue that while there have been significant moves to provide better material or technological access to research, OA advocates must still tackle the issue of making original scientific research articles conceptually accessible to broader publics.
Despite being freely available on the Web, research articles are not by default linguistically or conceptually accessible to the global public(s) they are partially intended to reach with the move to OA.
That is the access is provided technologically or materially, not so much conceptually.
However, we see promise in another PLOS initiative, the PLOS Blog Network, and suggest that a synthesis of the strategies offered through these two platforms and efforts moves toward more openly accessible scientific research — both materially and conceptually.