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Public knowledge: some findings of a survey on open access publishing Juergen Guedler, German Research Foundation (DFG), Department of Information Management.

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1 Public knowledge: some findings of a survey on open access publishing Juergen Guedler, German Research Foundation (DFG), Department of Information Management Presented at EuroCRIS Members Meeting Tartu, Estonia, May 2005

2 The DFG Open Access Study Aims of the study:  to gather information on new dynamics in the access to scientific information and changing patterns in scientific publication  to study similarities and differences in the various research disciplines on these topics  to learn about the expectations of the scientific community about appropriate funding schemes  To get an empirical basis in designing and developing DFG funding programmes and initiative

3 Methodogical Approach (I)  Study Concept and Design :  DFG Working Group with members from  Scientific Library Services and Information Systems  Department of Information Management  Consultations with external Experts about Open Access  Survey, Data Capture and statistical analysis:  Associtation for Empirical studies, Kassel (GES Maiworm & Over)  Field period  October / November 2004

4 Methodogical Approach (II)  Population:  DFG-grants awardees from the years : 2002 to 2004  From all disciplines  Sampling basis:  Basis : DFG-CRIS with information  about Grant applications (since 1982)  about Grant applicants (since 1982)  In the considered period: projects funded  Pre-selection : specific funding programmes  Overcoming the problem of “Over-fishing”  Database recording all persons contacted in various surveys  Sampling procedure  Stratified sampling  4 broad scientific fields: Social Sciences and Humanities; Life Sciences, Natural Sciences and Engineering  Professional Status : Researchers in their earlier career and “established” Researchers

5 Profile of the Respondents  A total of Respondents (response rate: 64%)  16 % Women  84 % researchers at universities Distribution of the respondents according to the professional status and research field (in %)

6 Publication mediums most used by researchers to get information on their fields How often do you use the following publication medium/ publication form to get informed in your field ? (1 = very often, 5 = very seldom) Percentage of 1 and 2

7 Important aspects in selecting a journal for publication When you want to publish your research results, how important are the following factors in the choice of the scholarly journal ? (1 = very important, 5 = not important at all (Percentage of 1 and 2)

8 Knowledge of Declarations and Initiative supporting Open Access Which of the following declaration and initiative do you know ? (1 = good knowledge, not in the details, no knowledge at all). Here : Percentage of 1

9 Knowledge of Open Access Journals Do you know Open Access Journals in your fields of research ? Base: All Respondents

10 Important Open Access Journals (in absolute numbers) Which are the most important OA Journals in your fields (max. five titles) Italic : only some years/issues available in OA Respondents from Life Sciences: 248

11 Usage of OA Journals How often do you use OA Journals ? (Base: Respondents who know OA- Journals)

12 Usage of OA Journals How often do you use OA Journals ? (Base: All Respondents)

13 Publication in OA Journals (arithmetic means of n of articles in the last five years) Italic : standard deviation

14 Knowledge of Pre-prints Servers Do you know Pre-print Servers in your research field?

15 Experiences with Pre-prints and postprints* (%) have already published in Pre-prints archives/ Servers + Preprints Postprints established researchers Early Career Researchers 50,0 63,9 have published journal articles in Post-print modus** 23,9 27,4 * All fields; **Basis : all respondents ; + Basis: Respondents who know pre-print server in their field; ++ Basis : all respondents 8,4 have already published in Pre-prints archives/ Servers ,2

16 Authors’ fees Have you ever paid author fees to publish in journal ? If yes, how much have you paid ?

17 OA – Views* Early Career Researchers Established Researchers Improvement of access to scientific knowledge7269 OA will have a lasting impact on scientific publishing6164 Easy access to scientific knowledge in developing countries8988 In the following, we list some assertions often heard in the debates about Open Access. Which do you/ don‘t you agree with ? (Point 1 and 2, on a five point scale : 1 „ I fully agree“ to 5 „i do not agree at all“), Here Percentage of 1 and 2

18 OA Views Early Career Researchers Established Researchers Open Access publication are not sufficiently taken into account in evaluating researchers‘s performance5567 Open Access publication are not sufficiently taken into account in evaluating research grants applications 5958 Open Access publications are cited less frequently than conventional publications6571 Open Access are seldom taken into account in bibliographic systems6166 A long term accessibility cannot be guaranteed for Open Access Publications4758 The quality assurance is as good for Open Access Publications as for conventional publications4844 As a publication modus, Open Access is still not well known8680 In the following, we list some assertions often heard in the debates about Open Access. Which do you/ don‘t you agree with ? (Point 1 and 2, on a five point scale : 1 „ I fully agree“ to 5 „i do not agree at all“), Here Percentage of 1 and 2

19 Supporting of OA Publishing Do you think that OA publishing should be supported ?

20 OA – Views and Experience : A Contradiction ? Advantage of OA OA Publication (1)The Respondents publish seldom in OA. From the different forms of OA Publishing the most used is the Post-print (Self Archiving). OA Journals are less used. (2)The vast majority believe that OA can improve the access to scientific journals and that it will have a lasting impact on scientific publishing. (3)The Respondents are clearly in favor of supporting OA.

21 Thank you for your attention! Infos unter Dr. Juergen Guedler, Department of Information Management,


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