From The Chronicle: Daily News Blog, Mar 8 , 2007:

Researchers have an overwhelmingly positive view of open-access publishing, in which scientific papers are swiftly made available free to readers. But according to a recent survey, those same researchers are also reluctant to put their own research in open-access publications.

Why the paradox? The survey suggests that the increased speed, broader readership, and potentially higher citation rates of open-access journals are trumped by their insufficient impact factors, their possible lack of long-term availability, and their weaker ability to reach the specific audience of scientists within an author’s own discipline.

The survey was conducted online last summer by researchers at the Ludwig Maximilians University, in Munich, and at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. The results of the survey appear in a paper, “Open Access and Science Publishing,” that was released on Wednesday.

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