I have undertaken an overview of research papers about Open Access (OA) to answer the question as to where are we now on the road to fully open scientific publishing. I hope that this summary will be as helpful to people who are generally familiar with the idea of Open Access, as to those who frequently take part in discussions on its current state. Open Access means free, unrestricted access to scholarly publications, which became possible mostly thanks to the Internet. At this moment, it is technically possible to obtain any kind of digital content from almost anywhere in the […]
Some Open Access advocates opt for permissive licensing of scientific works, in particular for the use of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) license. It allows republishing, translations and modifications, regardless of its purpose and without prior permission of the author. However, the work must be properly attributed. CC-BY is also mandated by some Open Access funders, such as the Wellcome Trust. Thus, some authors are obligated by funders to publish under the terms of this license. However, several Open Access publishers, including De Gruyter Open, use as default more restrictive licenses like Creative Common Attribution Non Commercial No Derivatives. This […]
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.
Open Access grows year by year. Governments and institutions introduce OA policies and try to provide funding without which expansion of this publishing model would not be possible. But still, the most important factor of the development of OA is a readiness of researchers and academics to accept and publish in this model. That is why the opinions and insights of authors on Open Access publishing are very important.
In our previous post, we mentioned the importance of the OAPEN-UK project, which aims to explore the impact of Open Access on the humanities and social sciences. Among the key elements of this project, we find a survey covering issues such as attitudes toward OA publishing and Creative Commons licensing, as well as researchers’ preferences and priorities (both as authors and as readers). While focusing primarily on researchers from the UK, this survey provides some particularly interesting results, which deserve a closer look.