Often researchers underestimate the potential reach of their publications.
They might assume that only a select few close colleagues and students in the same particular subdiscipline of research will be interested in the paper. They will also likely assume that those individuals will have access to their articles through their library subscriptions.
When they make these kinds of assumptions they can potentially cripple the impact of their research.
A great many researchers in poorer countries or institutions can’t afford the expensive journal subscriptions that their wealthier colleagues take for granted. And the general public, anywhere, is usually cut out of the conversation entirely.
Watch this new video below to see the potential impact your research could have if you made it openly accessible to the unanticipated reader…
Kevin Smith of Duke University relates a similar story of an “unexpected reader”: https://blogs.library.duke.edu/scholcomm/2011/11/15/the-unexpected-reader/