Thursday, December 11, 2008

Society publishers' attitude towards OA - survey results

Peter Suber reports in his blog

"SAGE has released Meeting the challenges: societies and scholarly communication (November 2008), the results of a survey it launched in September. .... (21 pages)

....for respondents in this survey, it was particularly interesting to see both HSS and STM responses fairly evenly split on OA as an opportunity or a threat.

Responses viewing OA as an opportunity highlighted the ability to broaden access. The negative responses related to revenue, copyright, and the lack of funds within certain disciplines to support the model....

The evenly split results pro- and anti- OA across the disciplines in this study is surprising and suggests there may be a greater level in favour of free access to research than anticipated...."

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