Wiley author survey reveals generation gap in OA views, practices


John Wiley & Sons, Inc. has recently released the results of its 2013 author survey on open access. The survey sheds light on differences in practices and perceptions of OA between early career researchers (respondents between the ages of 26-44 with less than 15 years of research experience) and more established colleagues in their opinions. 

Some of the key findings included:

  • The number of open access authors has grown significantly: The number of Wiley authors who have published an open access article almost doubled since 2012, up to 59% from 32%.  Over half of responding authors received grant funding (24% full funding, 29% partial funding) to cover Article Publication Charges (APCs), an increase of 43% over last year.
  • Quality and profile of open access publications remains a concern: 68% of funded authors publish their work open access, but for those who chose not to, the most prominent reasons were concerns about the perceived quality and profile of open access publications.
  • Respondents overwhelmingly preferred the more permissive licenses:  CC-BY-NC (Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License) was ranked in their top three by 81% of respondents and 70% ranked CC-BY (Creative Commons Attribution License) in their top three, although this varied by age group. 

For more information or to access the full report, see Wiley’s Press Release.