May 23, 2022

Findings from PCG’s 2014 Open Access Library Survey

Findings from the 2014 Open Access Library Survey were shared in this report released a few weeks ago by the Publishers Communication Group/Publishing Technology.

From a Summary Blog Post by Kate Lara:

Because PCG stands at the crossroads of librarians, researchers and publishers, we receive inquiries from all sides regarding open access publishing and its future impact on these stakeholders. In order to help address some of these questions, PCG carried out a survey to understand how librarians view open access, what role they play in this model, and whether there could be potential for libraries and publishers to streamline dealing with the costs associated with publishing open access content. We received responses from nearly 150 librarians from 30 different countries around the world.


72% of the libraries included in this survey catalog open access resources, though many estimated these to represent just 1-5% of total catalog listings. Librarians determine which open access titles to include in their catalog by considering a variety of factors, including relevancy and faculty recommendations. The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) is a popular reference to identify legitimate open access publications. Likewise, librarians avoid titles appearing on Beall’s List of Predatory Open Access Publishers, which aims to identify publishers which are potentially or probably exploiting the open access system

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