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More authors publish in Open Access says new Wiley survey

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The development and popularity of open access is accelerating. This is confirmed by numerous reports and can be ascertained directly by looking at the sheer number of scientific articles on the Internet. This impression is also confirmed by a new report recently released by Wiley.

According to the report, the number of authors who have published an open access article has almost doubled since 2012 – up to 59% from 32%. More than 33% of authors have published at least one article in a fully OA journal, 30% in a Hybrid OA journal and 29% in an OA journal without APCs.

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57% of respondents decided not to archive their papers in institutional repositories. If they do, they look for an institutional repository (57%), private website (31%) or public repository (23%).

The authors also confirm a greater number of funds to support such publications. 29% of them gained funding from their institution, 31% chose OA journal without APCs, and 19% paid out of pocket. Interestingly, only 68% of authors who had available funds decided to publish their papers in open access.

The report also provides interesting data related to young researchers (less than 15 years of practice). This category of respondents is far more reluctant to pay for APCs out of their own pocket, relying instead more on external funding, but more likely than senior colleagues to publish under a CC license. For researchers with greater seniority, as many as half would prefer not to use a CC license of any kind.

As can be seen from the survey, the open access model is slowly becoming an important alternative choice for the authors of scientific papers. But not everything is so rosy. The self-archiving (Green OA) is still not very popular among scientists. Also, the more “liberal” CC licenses are not met with approval. The authors are consistently reluctant to pay for APCs, which ought to be an important market signal for publishers. It is also quite disturbing that authors do not shun OA hybrid journals. However, the general tone of the report is very positive. It should be noted that Wiley sent the questionnaire to more than 8000 respondents and received only 7.9% response rate.

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