Researchers call for strict rules in OA publishing
Open access has become very popular over the last few years. It is evident in the increasing number of scientific journals being made available free to readers on the Internet, and the increasing number of institutions that are building repositories to house the electronic versions of open-access articles written by scholars at their institutions.
The academic and research communities seem to support this movement and their right to obtain easy and free access to publicly funded scientific information.
But, how often do researchers actually use such free publications as readers and how often do they choose to publish in an OA journal or institutional repository?
How trustworthy do they consider those journals and repositories? Would they prefer that OA repositories be more selective?
Although today about 10-15 percent of scientific peer-reviewed journals are OA and there are several declarations encouraging institutions to build OA repositories, there is still a long way to go, especially where OA repositories are concerned.
This research is trying to determine why acceptance and growth of open access, particularly open access repositories, has been so slow.
- OA repositories do not follow any standard procedures for selecting articles to include
- The vast majority of the participants in the survey state that they would be open to contributing to OA repositories that followed the selection procedures used in high-reputation subscription-based journals
- the majority of the participants seem to be well disposed towards acting as severe and strict reviewers for an OA repository
While we would expect that the scientific community would be accustomed to the use of open access publications, scientists and researchers seem to still be a little cautious. However, this research shows that they welcome changes that might lead to more credible publications, even if that means that their own work will undergo scrutinizing reviews.
OA repositories are certainly far more established now than in the last few decades. But still, in order to win over the scientific community as a whole, we have to take some steps to ensure the quality of published information.
Roxana Theodorou. OA Repositories: the Researchers’ Point of View
Journal of Electronic Publishing,Volume 13, Issue 3, December 2010.