May 20, 2022

Directory of Open Access Books Releases Findings From User Needs, Perceptions Survey

From the Directory of Open Access Books Blog:

The final report of the DOAB User Needs Analysis has been released.

This report is based on the experiences, needs, and expectations of users as they emerged from a survey, an online discussion, and a panel at the recent OASPA conference.

The report addresses user perceptions and needs with respect to:

  • Open Access and Open Access books
  • Quality and peer review procedures
  • Copyright policies
  • Platform usability
  • Potential business and funding models

The DOAB report is intended for the wider academic and publishing community, and advises in the establishment of procedures, criteria and standards for the DOAB platform and services and provides guidelines and recommendations for admissions to DOAB and for its sustainability and further development.

The report gives an overview of the main aims and objectives of the user needs analysis, which are summarised in two main research questions:

What are the functional requirements, or needs, which different users have with respect to the platform, the protocols and the procedures that DOAB wants to establish?

What kind of recommendations can we extract from the users’ experiences with the beta-platform and their expectations of a future DOAB service?

Read the Report Summary

Direct to Full Text Report (77 pages; PDF)

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Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.