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95% of librarians believe in OA future

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According a study provided by an OA european publisher.

The survey revealed high levels of awareness of OA – 95% of the respondents stated they were very or quite familiar with the OA model.  Librarians highlight a number of benefits of OA publishing models:

  • Ease of access to content
  • Increased visibility, usage and impact for authors
  • Improved sharing and collaboration
  • Improved public engagement with research
  • Broad benefits for society of improved access to research
  • Improved return on investment for funders of research


  • 78% of respondents support OA publishing, with only 5.5% stating they oppose the model.
  • 95% believe OA is already delivering benefits, or will do in the future.

Librarians did express some concern about OA publishing models.  In particular that the charges levied by publishers would create a barrier for authors with limited access to funding, while opening up the potential for ‘vanity’ publishing for those with funds.”

The full article:

Skelton, Val. How OA is changing the role of librarians, Information Today Europe, 5th of July 2012, Available from: [Accessed 9th July 2012]


Written by hbasset

July 9, 2012 at 4:37 pm

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  1. I wonder if that 5% are concerned about loss of influence with the possibility of shrinking budgets in libraries and research departments taking over the responsibility of dispensing funds for OA fees…?


    July 14, 2012 at 8:07 pm

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