Open Access is good for Science
Despite a lower quality, prestige and production (90% of OA publishers publish less than 100 articles a year), OA is good for science, according 89% of the 40,000 scientists surveyed by the SOAP Project around the world.
First results were released during the 2nd conference on Open Access Scholarly Publishing (Prague, Aug. 2010).
- Chemists are the most reluctant (only 77% in favor)
- Biological and Medicine sicentists are the most enthusiasts (more than 90% to believe that OA are beneficial to their field)
- 2/3 of OA journals are in STM
- 3/4 of articles are in STM
- OA model
- improves scholarly communication
- accelerates science
It is a pity that there is no demographic indication of surveyed scientists: are they only from academia? what percentage from corporate sector?
I would be surprised that Scientists in big pharmas would rate OA journals at 90% of satisfaction..
Presentation of the results: