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Maha Bali’s blog about education

Misquoted & misunderstood & open access

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Today, I was misquoted & misunderstood respectively by two people I hold very dear.

Misquoted
The first is someone who misquoted what I had said in an interview with her ( I am assuming this was because she rushed to transcribe what was supposed to be a video of me talking, but she ended up transcribing because there were tech issues; it is possible the sound quality was poor or I was talking too fast)

Lesson learned (just re-emphasizing good practice):
1. As researcher, remember to always give participants a chance to look over the transcribed interview before going ahead
2. As participant, always ask interviewer to show text of interview to avoid being misquoted
(Speaking of open access later, we should at least ensure ppl have “open access” to their own information!)

Funny enough, tweeting from today’s Open Access event, I was slightly misquoted, and I also misquoted some ppl slightly. But that is live tweeting in 140 chars, slightly excusable & understandable. Not so for “proper” research

Misunderstood
I remain frustrated by people who continue to assume that open access journals are automatically lower quality, or that their peer review process is not as rigorous. Endless, fruitless conversations on this getting me nowhere. Any tips on how to handle this? I may be too entrenched in the open access discourse to notice the problem!

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