May 19, 2022

In the UK: “Young Researchers Preach Open Access, Yet Many Don’t Practice”

From Nature Index:

Most British scientists agree that academic research should be free to everyone, but fewer than half have published in open-access journals, and some never will, a recent survey has found. Among the least represented group in open-access publishing are academics under 35


[Yimei] Zhu [who authored the paper as part of her PhD at the University of Manchester] sent out her survey in June 2013, a few months after the government organisation funding scientific research, Research Councils UK (RCUK), introduced the requirement that grant recipients make their research publically available within a five-year transition period.


Her results were contradictory. While 93% of respondents felt open-access science was important, and 55% agreed that it would bring citation advantages, only 41% had published articles in an open-access journal. Researchers under 35 as well as PhD candidates, master’s students and research assistants had the least experience with open-access publishing. Those who were aware of RCUK’s policy, however, were more likely to have tried open access.

Read the Complete Nature Index Article

Direct to Full Text Article: “Who support open access publishing? Gender, discipline, seniority and other factors associated with academics’ OA practice.”
Scientometrics (2017) 111: 557

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