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Discovering the Open Access Movement on Twitter: An Exploratory Study

Muhammad T Sadiq, Akhilesh K S Yadav


Open Access possesses unconfined reuse and freeaccess of electronic resources. This research focuses on scholarly discussions on ‘Open Access’ in the most common microblogging platform Twitter. The main objectives of the study are to identify the locations, trends and applications used by scholars for frequent tweets; to apply text mining techniques to analyse unstructured text content on the Open Access; to find out the pattern, context with Open Access. Data collection process involved gathering tweets of one month using specific keyword ‘Open Access’. Duringtheresearchperiod, the highestnumberoftweetsonOpenAccesswason17thJanuary 2018and the least number of tweets was on 6thFebruary 2018. The tweets posted on these days were on variety of topics, and most of the tweets were tweeted from United States. #OpenResearch, #OpenScience,#OpenScholarshipand#OpenPR,#OpenDataetc.werethemostpopulartweet hashtags used during the research.

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