November 30, 2015

Taylor & Francis Surveys Authors on Open Access Issues

From Taylor and Francis:

In a survey conducted by Taylor & Francis, authors were canvassed about their opinions and behaviour about licensing, reuse, peer review and metrics in relation to Open Access.


Authors were asked to select their most preferred, and second-most preferred licences, as well as their least preferred licence from a list of licences commonly used for OA publication, with a short description of each. When taking first and second-preferences into account -the following was clear:

  • The most popular licensing option is the Exclusive Licence to Publish- chosen by 51% of authors
  • The second most popular licence was the Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivs (CC BY-NC-ND)- selected by 46% of respondents.
  • The least preferred licensing option was the Creative Commons Attribution licence (CC-BY) – as indicated by 52% of respondents.

Read the Complete News Release/Summary (3 pages; PDF)

Full Text Report: “Open Access Survey: Exploring the Views of Taylor & Francis and Routledge Authors (47 pages; PDF)

UPDATE (March 28): Taylor & Francis survey reveals that commercial re-use of their work would be unacceptable to most authors

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