What are authors’ attitudes to open-access publishing in 2014? With open access continuing to have a high profile, is all the debate and discussion helping to inform researchers and influence their thinking?
The findings of the 2014 Taylor & Francis Open Access Survey have just been released, with researchers giving their views on their perceptions of open access; their attitudes, values, and understanding of it; and what they believe the future of research communication to be. Having previously surveyed our authors on this subject in 2013, we are now able to offer some intriguing shifts in opinions, placing responses from both years next to each other to show how views have changed, and to what degree.
The survey showed that positive attitudes towards open access, when discussed in general, are growing. Seventy percent of respondents disagreed or strongly disagreed with the statement “There are no fundamental benefits to open access publication,” an increase of 10% year on year and a strong indicator that open access continues to be viewed as a force for good.
Licenses continue to be a contentious issue though, with 53% of authors showing a first or second preference for the CC-BY-NC-ND license. Despite strong advocates for CC-BY, it remained the “least preferred” option in this survey. However, there is evidence that opinions on this are softening as understanding increases, with this proportion dropping from 52% in 2013 to 35% this year.
The survey also examined attitudes to peer review, repositories, services, and future intentions, when researchers are considering publishing open access.
Dr. David Green, Global Journals Publishing Director, said of the survey,
“This year’s follow-up survey builds on the largest open access author survey undertaken by any publisher, and provides us with more evidence that we are on the right track in the transition to open access. We clearly have much work left to do in simplifying our policies and documentation so that our author communities are in no doubt as to what their open-access options are. We will also continue to inform and work with global research funders and those societies for whom we publish, so that we can continue to improve the services and products that author communities require of a professional research publisher.”
The full survey results and top-level report is now available on Taylor & Francis Online, with findings on open-access mandates to be published soon. We also want to hear your thoughts and opinions on these findings. Do you agree with them? Are you puzzled by anything? Tell us on Twitter at @TandFOpen and follow the conversation at #oasurvey2014.