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Open Access is good for Science

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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:
http://edoc.mpg.de/493109

Written by hbasset

August 26, 2010 at 4:36 pm

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