Revolution or evolution? | Research Information
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"Earlier this year, a small Springer Nature survey of professional staff in research institutions and libraries around the world delivered big results for open access. Of the 200 respondents working in research institutions or libraries, more than 70 per cent agreed that all future research articles, scholarly book and research data should be accessible via open access (OA). Meanwhile, a mighty 91 per cent of the librarians surveyed agreed OA to be the future of scholarly publishing. As Carrie Calder, vice president for business development and policy, open research at Springer Nature, said at the time: ‘We see the rise of open research as one of the major forces reshaping the way that researchers collaborate to advance discovery... We will continue to push forward open access in all its forms.’ Without a doubt, Springer Nature has seen overwhelming success with its multidisciplinary science title, Nature Communications, now regarded as the highest-cited OA journal in the world. And, following the success of PLOS ONE and the subsequent flurry of mega-journals – including Nature’s Scientific Reports, BMJ Open and PeerJ – the volume of open access articles has mushroomed. But despite the hype, absolute figures are less grandiose. Publishing industry analyst firm, Simba Information, recently reported that the share of OA articles in hybrid journals was just over two per cent at Elsevier, and a mere four per cent at Springer Nature...."