Unlocking attitudes to Open Access – survey results « Repositories Support Project
Connotea Imports 2012-07-31
"[E]arlier this year that the RSP and UKCoRR invited UK repositories to carry out a survey of academic staff with a particular focus on informing advocacy plans and “joined up” institutional developments for Open Access in higher education institutions. The questions focused on attitudes toward open access and institutional repositories....Unsurprisingly (other surveys have shown this), the majority of academics are in favour of open access: 85% strongly or mildly in favour of open access in principle; 80% strongly or mildly in favour of open access repositories; 69% strongly or mildly in favour of publishing in OA journals. However, rather less reported actually acting upon this: 59% make some of their publications available in the institutional repository but 41% don’t make any available. This is despite the fact that 73% were aware of their institution’s repository. Question 7a gave respondents the opportunity to give reasons why in their own words...and the most common reasons were: Haven’t published yet/material not suitable (99); Copyright concerns (94); Lack of time/haven’t got round to doing it (58); Lack of knowledge (48); Use other method (28). The questions on copyright and versions provided some encouraging results – the majority, 70%, thought that authors should own the copyright to the material....The fact that 86% kept a copy of their own author, peer reviewed final version is also supportive to self archiving. In addition, 77% felt that this version was acceptable for deposit in the repository. These latter responses help to counter some commonly held beliefs that authors don’t keep a copy of their work and that only the publisher’s PDF is worthy of sharing...."