B – Open access publishing: what authors want

Nariani R, Fernandez L. Open access publishing: what authors want. College & Research Libraries (accepted: June 5, 2011; anticipated publication date: March 2012)

The study wanted to ascertain whether authors were aware of library support for article processing fees and whether they are satisfied with open access (OA) publishing. Results indicate that authors are increasingly publishing in OA journals, appreciate library funding initiatives and believe that impact factor and readership are strong motivators for OA publishing. Sustainability of OA funds is then a major concern for many libraries. Specific recommendations for publishers are given, i.e. timely indexing in PubMed and other databases, promotion of OA articles through press releases and access to statistics on a regular basis.