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J R Soc Med. 2006 Mar;99(3):141-8.

Open access publishing and author-pays business models: a survey of authors' knowledge and perceptions.

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  • 1BMJ Publishing Group, BMJ Editorial Office, London WC1H 9JR, UK. sschroter@bmj.com

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

We aimed to assess journal authors' current knowledge and perceptions of open access and author-pays publishing.

DESIGN:

An electronic survey.

SETTING:

Authors of research papers submitted to BMJ, Archives of Disease in Childhood, and Journal of Medical Genetics in 2004.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:

Familiarity with and perceptions of open access and author-pays publishing.

RESULTS:

468/1113 (42%) responded. Prior to definitions being provided, 47% (222/468) and 38% (176/468) reported they were familiar with the terms "open access" and "author-pays" publishing, respectively. Some who did not at first recognize the terms, did claim to recognize them when they were defined. Only 10% (49/468) had submitted to an author-pays journal. Compared with non-open access subscription-based journals, 35% agreed that open access author-pays journals have a greater capacity to publish more content making it easier to get published, 27% thought they had lower impact factors, 31% thought they had faster and more timely publications, and 46% agreed that people will think anyone can pay to get published. 55% (256/468) thought they would not continue to submit to their respective journal if it became open access and charged, largely because of the reputation of the journals. Half (54%, 255/468) said open access has "no impact" or was "low priority" in their submission decisions. Two-thirds (66%, 308/468) said they would prefer to submit to a non-open access subscription-based journal than an open access author-pays journal. Over half thought they would have to make a contribution or pay the full cost of an author charge (56%, 262/468).

CONCLUSIONS:

The survey yielded useful information about respondents' knowledge and perceptions of these publishing models. Authors have limited familiarity with the concept of open-access publishing and surrounding issues. Currently, open access policies have little impact on authors' decision of where to submit papers.

PMID:
16508053
PMCID:
PMC1383760
DOI:
10.1258/jrsm.99.3.141
[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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