Open Access Self-archiving - an author study: Final Report (fwd)
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Thu Jun 9 12:54:57 EDT 2005
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Date: Thu, 9 Jun 2005 17:02:19 +0100
From: "Nike HOLMES " <n.holmes at JISC.AC.UK>
To: JISC-DEVELOPMENT at 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:
or click here for a direct link to the report:
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.
Excerpts from Executive Summary"
"This, our second author international, cross-disciplinary
study on open access had 1296 respondents. Its focus was on
"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
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