Oxford Journals share evidence-based open access results with the community

The impact of open access for publishers, authors, and readers was the subject of a one day conference held in London last week, organised by Oxford Journals. Findings presented from three studies conducted by LISU, CIBER, and Oxford Journals, gave researchers a rare opportunity to view how the open access business model is working in practice.

This event marks a continued commitment by Oxford Journals towards responsible experimentation with open access models, and an equal commitment to disseminating this information. Over 90 delegates from across the international academic spectrum attended the event, including researchers, librarians, publishers, editors, and representatives of several scholarly organizations.

"Until recently there has been a lack of data to support whether an open access model would result in cost effective dissemination of research," commented Martin Richardson, Managing Director, Oxford Journals, who also chaired the event. He continued:

"The event has received strong support from across the scholarly community, for presenting hard evidence into the effects of open access, and also for enabling others to share their experiences of open access. We hope that by making the results of our experiments public we can help to foster a better understanding of the advantages and disadvantages of open access and subscription-based business models."

The day focussed on the preliminary findings from three key experiments relating to Oxford Journals open access content . Findings were presented by Claire Saxby, Senior Editor, Oxford Journals; Claire Creaser, LISU; and David Nicholas, CIBER. Some of the key findings included:

  • The importance of search engines in driving up usage
  • The relationship of open access driving up usage of non-open access content in the same journal
  • Changes in user behaviour for abstract and full-text usage
  • The varying standpoints of authors on open access.

Presentations from Oxford Journals, LISU, and CIBER, are now available online.

A full report of the findings will be freely available online from the Oxford Journals website later this month.


For further information please contact:
Mithu Mukherjee
Assistant Communications Manager
Oxford Journals

+44(0)1865 354471
[email protected]

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

A full conference schedule, plus an overview of the presentations, and access to presentation slides, is available online

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Oxford Journals, a Division of OUP, publishes over 180 journals covering a broad range of subject areas, two-thirds of which are published in collaboration with learned societies and other international organizations. The collection contains some of the world's most prestigious titles, including Nucleic Acids Research, JNCI (Journal of the National Cancer Institute), Brain, Human Reproduction, English Historical Review, and the Review of Financial Studies.

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