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The Economics of Open Access

On the Future of Academic Publishing

Thomas Eger and Marc Scheufen

Addressing the recent debate on how the future of academic publishing might look in a purely digital environment, this book analyzes the experiences of researchers with, as well as attitudes towards, ‘Open Access’ (OA) publishing. Drawing on a unique, in-depth survey with more than 10,000 respondents from 25 countries, Thomas Eger and Marc Scheufen discuss their findings in the light of recent policy attempts which have been trying to foster OA, revealing considerable shortcomings and lack of knowledge on fundamental features of the academic publishing market.
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Chapter 3: An international survey analysis

Thomas Eger and Marc Scheufen


In this chapter, we have discussed the results of an international survey of scholarly authors’ perception of and attitude towards gold and green OA. Most importantly, the likelihood of publishing articles in OA journals (the gold road) or uploading papers to OA repositories (the green road) largely depends on the discipline the scholar is affiliated with. This substantial impact of the discipline on the scholars’ publishing behaviour is driven by the discipline-specific reward systems and the varying availability of high-quality OA journals and repositories in the individual disciplines. By contrast, the scholars’ country of residence generally makes little difference. Scholarly communication is typically an international affair, and the leading OA journals and repositories attract academic authors from across the world.

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