Open Access Journals: The model that would be king. Poll results
September 23, 2013 5 Comments
The topic of Open Access (OA) has already been widely discussed in academia and currently it is a common reality in the publishing world, but there are still some doubts and suspicions on the part of scientists, as we shall see.
- 62% of the respondents would submit their articles to OA journals.
- 35% would send it, but after good analysis of the OA journal: indexation, impact factor and fees to authors, which make sense anyway.
- 23% of professors wouldn’t, which is a pretty high percentage of them.
- 15% of them don’t mind about OA, they just mind about journal indexation, so I suppose they care little about their citations.
But we have to keep in mind the bias of the sample, because it corresponds to professors and researchers who routinely use technology and internet. That is, within the cream of the crop, 38% (23% +15% above) still remains some skepticism about sending their papers to OA journals.
On the other hand, another reading of the results is that OA journals are acceptable for scientists, but only if they meet certain minimum traditional academic etiquette (and of common sense): quality, indexed, peer-review and reputation of their board.
My impression is that although OA has been with us for decades, that publishers are making good use of it and that authors need it because it represents a clear advantage, it has yet to completely establish itself as a model. But, who wants to miss this train of OA journals?