ERIC Number: EJ1062525
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
A Survey of Physical Sciences, Engineering and Mathematics Faculty Regarding Author Fees in Open Access Journals
Cusker, Jeremy; Rauh, Anne E.
Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, v78 Fall 2014
Discussions of the potential of open access publishing frequently must contend with the skepticism of research authors regarding the need to pay author fees (also known as publication fees). With that in mind, the authors undertook a survey of faculty, postdocs, and graduate students in physical science, mathematics, and engineering fields at two research universities (Cornell University and Syracuse University) asking for their experience with and opinion of paying author fees for publication of research in open access journals. The results of this survey indicated that most respondents had not decided against publishing in an open access journal due to the author fee requirement. Those who had paid them only requested or received coverage for those fees in grant line-items or from institutional sources in a few cases. Responses seemed to combine cautious optimism about open access journals with intense skepticism about their quality and intense opposition to the idea of having to pay any additional costs from their own pockets.
Descriptors: Periodicals, College Faculty, Teacher Surveys, Graduate Students, Student Surveys, Physical Sciences, Mathematics, Engineering, Research Universities, Fees, Publishing Industry, Teacher Attitudes, Student Attitudes
Science and Technology Section, Association of College and Research Libraries. 50 East Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611. Web site: http://www.istl.org
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New York