Canadian Researchers’ Publishing Attitudes and Behaviours is a new study conducted by the Phase 5 Consulting Group for Canadian Science Publishing. Key findings:
- Researchers agree with principle, not cost, of open access (OA)
- Almost half of the researchers reported publishing more than half of their research in open access format in past 2 years, yet availability of open access was 8 times less important than impact factor and 13 times less important than journal reputation when selecting a journal
- For those who have published OA, institutions and tri-agency funding typically cover cost, yet many researchers indicated they did not know whether Canada’s major funding bodies support OA
- Peer review, reach, and discoverability are considered most important journal features
- Use of repositories differs widely across disciplines
- Laboratory/institutional blogs or websites and social media are increasingly being used for research dissemination.
The Scholarly Kitchen has a new post on the study – with links to the report.