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Key Challenges of Research Communication 2015: Research questions

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October 19, 2015

Open Access Week has just started and on this occasion we want you to get involved in the process of creating knowledge about open access. We are working on the Key Challenges of Research Communication 2015 – De Gruyter Open Author Survey. If you can improve our work, please do! We would like to address the most important issues in the current academic publishing environment, and publish both the results and data in open access. Here we want to share the main research questions that we are looking to answer. We would be glad to hear your opinions as well as suggestions on what else should be examined.

Basing on following research questions we will design a survey which is going to be distributed with emails among a random sample of researchers around the world.

We would love to get your comments about our research here or on social media. Please use the #OAKeyChallanges2015 hashtag.

Research questions:

1) How popular are different forms of Open Access?

How many researchers published in OA journals with APCs globally? How many times?

How many researchers published an OA article in a hybrid journal globally? How many times?

How many researchers published in a free open access journal globally? How many times?

How many researchers published a monograph chapter in an open access book (free and paid) globally? How many times?

How many researchers have published open access book (free and paid) globally? How many times?

How many researchers have self-archived their work (article or book) published in a conventional way in an OA repository? How many times?

How many researchers globally predict that they will publish any kind of monograph and/or a chapter in an edited volume within the next 5 years?

What is the share of different forms of OA in publication output?

2) What are the motivations of authors behind various publishing behaviours?

What are the reasons for self-archiving work in a OA repository?

How important are the following factors in choosing a journal:

– perceived journal reputation,
– perceived topical relevance,
– open access,
– cost of publishing,
– abstracting and indexing services that covers the journal,
– publication delay (from submission to on-line publication),
– relevant review process,
– copyrights/licensing,
– chances for getting work accepted,
– marketing options.

What does journal reputation mean? Is it measured by Impact Factor or differently?

How important are the following factors in choosing a book publisher:

– perceived publisher’s reputation,
– expertise in the topic of book,
– open access,
– marketing options,
– ebooks distribution networks,
– hard copies distribution networks,
– cost of publishing,
– publication delay (from submission to on-line publication),
– relevant review process,
– copyrights/licensing
– chances for getting work accepted,

When open access is a factor for choosing a publication venue, is it for ethical reasons or perceived career benefits?

How many researchers know of high-quality open access journals in their field?

How many researchers know of high-quality open access book publishers in their field?

How difficult is it for researchers to get published in a journal (or by a publisher) where they would like to be published?

3) What is the depth of the APC market?

How did researchers who paid for OA publishing find funding? (did they use grant money or institutional funds? Were the funds they used intended for APCs or other? Did they pay out of their own pockets? What is the percentage share of different sources? What are the names of the funders?)

How difficult it is for researchers to get money for APC/BPC?

Is the procedure of paying APC/BPC difficult for researchers?

How many researchers have access to funds to cover APC/BPC at the moment? How much money it is on average.

How many researchers are willing to pay out of their own pocket to get published in a journal and how does this motivation change depending on the different features of the journal?


4) What are the opinions and experiences of researchers with copyright and licensing?
Do researchers allow:

– translations without approval,
– republication by a commercial company without approval,
– inclusion in academic anthologies without approval,
– extracting data from the text by automatic software without approval?

How many researchers have used or have tried to use material created by a third party that might had been copyrighted in they research or publications? How many times?

Did researchers face any problems with obtaining permissions for the usage of copyrighted materials? How often? What was the impact on their works?

How many researchers faced the problem of republishing their own work?

5) What are the habits and problems of researchers when it concerns research literature?

How do researchers search for literature? (What tools do they use?)

Can researchers easily access all the literature they need?

6) What are the most important problems that research communities face nowadays according to researchers?

7) How do all the problems mentioned above differ according to the discipline, type of contract (permanent/temporary), citation score, country and academic degree?

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