Generation gap in authors' open access views and experience, survey reveals

October 8th, 2013 in Other Sciences / Social Sciences

John Wiley & Sons today announced the results of its 2013 author survey on open access, with over eight thousand respondents from across Wiley's journal portfolio. The survey is a follow up to Wiley's 2012 open access author survey and is the second such survey conducted by Wiley. This year new sections were added including research funding and article licenses.

Consistencies were seen between the 2012 and 2013 surveys in authors' desire to publish in a high-quality, respected journal with a good Impact Factor, but the also shed light on differences between early career researchers (respondents between the ages of 26-44 with less than 15 years of research experience) and more established colleagues in their opinions on quality and licenses. Differences were also seen across funding bodies and in the funding available for to different author groups.

Key findings included:

"This year's survey has shown many steady trends in author views on open access and also clear differences between those of early career and more experienced researchers," said Rachel Burley, Vice President & Director, Open Access, Wiley. "We are continuing to build the Wiley Open Access program to provide more high-quality, peer-reviewed journals and ensure that we offer authors the options that are right for them."

The survey was circulated to 107,000 corresponding journal article authors of 2012 papers across Wiley's journal portfolio. Regionally, 36% of respondents were from the Americas, 45% from countries in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and 19% from the Asia/Pacific region. At the institution level, respondents from Universities/Colleges comprised the majority of (5,377 responses, 64%). The second and third largest pools of responses were working at Research Institutes (937 responses, 11%) and Hospitals/Clinics (839 responses, 10%).

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