Open Access Week 2021: Author Spotlight #4

Open Access Week 2021: Author Spotlight #4

OA Fund Recipient Spotlight: Seoyoon Woo, School of Nursing, College of Health and Human Services

Dr Woo's article, Stigma Experiences in People with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: An Integrative Review, was published in the open access International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Read it here: 

Research summary from the authors:

"People with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are stigmatized by their smoking history. It can adversely affect their self-management, including improving physical activity levels, medication adherence, and quality of life. Thus, this study aimed to review relevant, scientific literature to learn about stigma experiences and their impacts on people with COPD. We found fifteen studies that described COPD-related stigma processes. There were moderating factors of the COPD-related stigma process; that included visibility (use of inhaler/oxygen), origin (smoking history), and illness perception (people’s perception of COPD). Regarding responses to stigma, COPD-related stigma was related to emotional distress, limited social interactions, and negative effects on medication adherence and help-seeking. In addition, COPD-related stigma was affected by healthcare providers’ and employers’ behaviors. We found that smoking was interwoven throughout all domains of stigma processes and responses to stigma.."

Why did you decide to publish open access?

"When I searched for journals that fit my manuscript, I started from the JANE journal finder. Relevant journals from the JANE were open access. Also, I talked with co-authors because they have been published papers related to my topic. Their suggested journals were open access ones as well."

What advice do you have for others who want to publish open access?

"I was very satisfied with the publication process of the journal that I selected and published my manuscript. One thing that I had to take most time was to check copyright permission to use a figure in a book and evaluation tools. The publisher that I selected and published my manuscript said that they are a commercial company, so there should be very clear agreement on the use of third-party material. Thus, if you plan to publish open access and have third-party material in your manuscript or are not sure about anything, I would like to recommend checking with the publisher in advance."

Randall Library will be spotlighting authors who've received our funding to publish in open access journals all week long! Find more information about our full slate of OA Week 2021 events here: