Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Factors influencing publication choice: why faculty choose open access.

Warlick SE, Vaughan KTL. 2007. Factors influencing publication choice: why faculty choose open access. Biomedical Digital Libraries. 4:1-12

This paper describes the results of a number of interviews with scholarly biomedical faculty members at two US universities. Participants were chosen based on their recent publication record in OA journals and interviews conducted to establish why they chose OA journals, what factors influenced those decisions and their general attitude to open access. The authors conclude that although free access and visibility are incentives to OA publication, it is publication quality that is the most important factor influencing the faculty members’ decisions.

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