B – Scientists are wary of open-access journals

‘Scientists are wary of open-access journals’. Research Information 2007; 30:5.

A recent study from researchers at University of Arkansas at Little Rock and the University of Munich, showed that researchers are reluctant to publish their research within open-access outlets, even if open-access publications have higher speed of publication and citation rates. According to this study academics are positive about the speed at which online journals spread new findings to academic world, but more than 50% of them said that open-access is not well-known enough to use it as a medium for publishing works, and that open-access publications lack a guarantee of long term availability of research. This situation suggests a gap between positive attitude toward open-access publication and a low level of use of this means.