In the humanities there are usually no author-side fees for publication in open access, but when they do occur they are more frequently paid by researchers themselves. Fees in the humanities also seem to be relatively low. In biomedical sciences the situation is the opposite. Fees are common, and relatively high, but they are most often covered by grant money. What are reasons for this phenomenon? Is it going to change? One of the biggest problems of open access publishing is funding. Open access advocates, publishers and governmental bodies are looking for a sustainable economic model for academic publishing that […]
According to Park and Qin, authors when talking about their willingness to publish in open access journals consider problems such as: journal reputation, topical relevance, availability of journal’s content, career benefit and the cost of publication. I have recently carried out a review of the empirical studies on authors’ attitudes toward open access. The first conclusion I want to share with you is that I do not understand why there are so many papers about open access being hidden behind paywalls. I assume that people who write articles about the factors influencing self-archiving practices understand what open access repositories are, […]
Results from the survey released by OAPEN-UK have shown that 10% of researchers for whom access to monographs is important, also claim that it is difficult or very difficult to get such access. Among the researchers who stated that access to journal articles is important to them, the share of those who believe it is difficult or very difficult to get this access is twice smaller. Is 10% significant or not? In fact, it is hard to say relying on this survey alone. The research sample consists of 2,231 researchers working within the field of humanities and social sciences. And that […]
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.