B – The SOAP Project

Dallmeier-Tiessen S, Darby R, Goerner B, et al. Open access journals – what publishers offer, what researchers want. Information Services & Uses 2011;31:85-91
(doi: 10.3233/ISU-2011-0624)

This article describes the SOAP (Study of Open Access Publishing) project, that analyzed the current supply and demand situation in the open access (OA) journal landscape. Several sources of data were considered, from DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals) to journal websites and direct inquiries within the publishing industry, to map the present supply of online peer reviewed OA journals. On the basis of a large-scale survey of researchers’ opinions and attitudes, the demand for OA publishing was assessed.