Oxford Journals release preliminary findings from open access experiments

Findings from three studies into the effects of open access on authors, readers, usage, and citations have today been made available online: http://www.oxfordjournals.org/news/oa_workshop.html. The reports, conducted by LISU, CIBER, and Oxford Journals, were shared with the research community as part of a one day workshop earlier this month.

1. NAR Author and Reader Survey, Claire Saxby, Oxford Journals

2. Evaluation of open access journal experiment: Stage 2 report, Claire Creaser, LISU

3. Determining the impact of open access publishing on use and users: a deep log analysis of Nucleic Acids Research, David Nicholas, Paul Huntington and Hamid R Jamali, CIBER

Martin Richardson, Managing Director, Oxford Journals, commented: "This report presents the preliminary findings of our research to date. We hope that making this data available will stimulate others to share their experiences of open access, in order to help to foster a better understanding of the advantages and disadvantages of open access and subscription-based business models."

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For further information on Oxford Journals' open access experiments, click here [http://www.oxfordjournals.org/oxfordopen/]

For further information on the Oxford open access workshop, click here [http://www.oxfordjournals.org/news/oa_workshop.html]

Notes for Editors

The Oxford Journals open access workshop took place on 5 June 2006 at the Institute of Physics conference Centre, 76 Portland Place, London

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