Open Access Self-archiving - an author study: Final Report (fwd) Stevan Harnad 09 Jun 2005 16:54 UTC
---------- Forwarded message ---------- Date: Thu, 9 Jun 2005 17:02:19 +0100 From: "Nike HOLMES " <n.holmes@JISC.AC.UK> To: JISC-DEVELOPMENT@JISCMAIL.AC.UK * Apologies for cross posting* JISC's Scholarly Communications Group commissioned Key Perspectives Ltd to undertake an author study on open access to determine the current state of play with respect to author self-archiving behaviour. Open Access Self-archiving: an author study has produced its final report and this can now be found on the JISC website via the Scholarly Communications Group home page at: http://www.jisc.ac.uk/index.cfm?name=jcie_scg or click here for a direct link to the report: http://www.jisc.ac.uk/uploaded_documents/Open%20Access%20Self%20Archiving-an%20author%20study.pdf ------------------------------------------------------ Note added by SH: This important and long-awaited JISC Report, destined to be very influential, is also available at: Swan, Alma and Brown, Sheridan (2005) Open access self-archiving: An author study. Technical Report, Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC), UK FE and HE funding councils. http://cogprints.org/4385/ and at http://www.keyperspectives.co.uk/OpenAccessArchive/2005_Open_Access_Report.pdf Excerpts from Executive Summary" "This, our second author international, cross-disciplinary study on open access had 1296 respondents. Its focus was on self-archiving. "Almost half (49%) of the respondent population have self-archived at least one article during the last three years. Use of institutional repositories for this purpose has doubled and usage has increased by almost 60% for subject-based repositories. Self-archiving activity is greatest amongst those who publish the largest number of papers. "There is still a substantial proportion of authors unaware of the possibility of providing open access to their work by self-archiving. Of the authors who have not yet self-archived any articles, 71% remain unaware of the option. With 49% of the author population having self-archived in some way, this means that 36% of the total author population (71% of the remaining 51%), has not yet been appraised of this way of providing open access. "Authors have frequently expressed reluctance to self-archive because of the perceived time required and possible technical difficulties in carrying out this activity, yet findings here show that only 20% of authors found some degree of difficulty with the first act of depositing an article in a repository, and that this dropped to 9% for subsequent deposits. "Another author worry is about infringing agreed copyright agreements with publishers, yet only 10% of authors currently know of the SHERPA/RoMEO list of publisher permissions policies with respect to self-archiving, where clear guidance as to what a publisher permits is provided. Where it is not known if permission is required, however, authors are not seeking it and are self-archiving without it. "Communicating their results to peers remains the primary reason for scholars publishing their work; in other words, researchers publish to have an impact on their field. "The vast majority of authors (81%) would willingly comply with a mandate from their employer or research funder to deposit copies of their articles in an institutional or subject-based repository. A further 13% would comply reluctantly; 5% would not comply with such a mandate."