The future of scholarly books is open (access) | Group | Springer Nature
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"The majority of book authors support the idea that all future scholarly books should be open access (OA). This is one of the key findings of a new white paper presented by Springer Nature at the OAI-11 conference at CERN this week. Based on the responses of 2,542 book authors who were surveyed by Springer Nature in February and March 2019, the white paper provides a global view of book authors’ attitudes towards OA. The survey looks at researchers’ motivations for publishing a book, and analyses the parameters and key drivers which influence academics to publish OA or not. The white paper also identifies major obstacles to OA publication which book authors still face: from a lack of awareness of OA publishing options and low funding, to concerns about how OA books are perceived. The white paper is freely available for download.
Other key findings include: • Pro-OA attitudes are stronger among junior researchers, researchers based in Europe and Asia, and previous OA book authors • Ethical reasons (equality in access) and reaching a larger audience are identified as key motivations for choosing OA for books • The majority of authors want more financial support from funders for OA book publication • Gold OA is the most preferred policy for OA books • Reputation of publishers matters less to OA authors but is still the deciding factor for publication...."