A survey of 22,000 academic researchers by Nature Publishing Group has shown that a decreasing number of authors are concerned about perceptions of the quality of Open Access (OA) publications.

In 2014, 40% of scientists who had not published Open Access in the last three years said “I am concerned about perceptions of the quality of OA publications.” But this year, only 27% said they were concerned. In the humanities, business and social sciences, the drop was more marked: from 54% in 2014 to 41% in 2015. Nonetheless, a concern about perceptions of the quality of OA publications is still the leading factor in authors choosing not to publish OA.

Dan Penny, Head at Nature Publishing Group said: “Perceptions are likely to change over time as more open access publications establish strong reputations, funders mandate open access, and authors publish their best research in OA journals. Last year in particular saw a significant improvement in attitudes.”

Quoted from: Perceptions of open access publishing are changing for the better, a survey by Nature Publishing Group and Palgrave Macmillan finds. By James Douglas — August 13, 2015, in: Open Access.

 

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