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OAPEN-UK researcher survey – only 5 days left

5 days and counting: have you responded to the OAPEN-UK researcher survey on monographs & open access? We have had about 800 responses so far but we would really like to have at least 1000 responses. Start the survey and read some of the current results…

Interest in the future of the monograph and open access publishing in the humanities and social sciences is high. I think I can say this safely (even if we are offering the chance to win one of several £100 vouchers!) given that we have had over 800 researchers complete the OAPEN-UK survey.

The survey is only open for another 5 days and we would really like to have at least 1000 responses so we welcome your assistance in promoting it to colleagues. Here is the link: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/oapenukresearcher

It’s probably bad practice to share stats from a survey that is still running, but hey, if you can keep in mind that the results will probably change as more responses are received, then here are some little snippets for you.

81% of researchers that have responded so far work in the UK.

The biggest group to respond so far has been PHD candidates (22%) followed by Professors / Readers (18%).

Only 8% of respondents are not aware of open access. That’s pretty good! 38% of respondents are familiar with open access and 53% are aware but not familiar with open access.

60% know what a creative commons licence is but confidence about publishing using a CC licence drops to about 30% and 15% say that they wouldn’t publish under a CC licence as they don’t know enough about it.

Financial compensation is ranked the least important motive in by 70% of respondents. Releasing information for social progress and knowledge in society is currently ranked highest with over 41% of responses.

Out of a long list of services publishers provide, marketing & promotion and distribution & sales are currently ranked as very important with about 48% each.

Responses to the question ‘would you consider self-publishing an academic book (for example, using Amazon CreateSpace or Kindle Direct Publishing)?’ show a clear divide with 32% saying yes and 42% saying no. It will be interesting to analyse this further.

The predominant way in which respondents are finding the last book (36%) they read is by searching on metadata (quality and accurate metadata is essential) and after they became aware of the book they obtained it from……

40% said their university library and 39% said they bought it. Will this change as we get more responses come in…who will win this race?

And that’s all I’m going to give you right now. There are many more questions in the survey which I haven’t mentioned which are going to be so interesting to look at and inform our next phase of research in the project. Until then, please do keep promoting the survey!

Caren