Authors: Thomas Eger, Marc Scheufen, Daniel Meierrieks, T. Eger, M Scheufen, D Meierrieks
Publication date: 2015
Journal: European Journal of Law and Economics
The authors discuss the results of a survey conducted in the fall of 2012 and covering 2151 researchers in Germany. From the survey it is derived that there are significant differences between the scientific disciplines with respect to researchers’ awareness of, and experience with, both open access (OA) journals and self-archiving. The results reveal that the relevance of OA within a discipline may explain why researchers from particular disciplines do (not) publish OA. Furthermore, several aspects like copyright law, age, profession or the inherent reward system of a discipline also play a role. Consequently, a “one-size-fits-all” approach, as promoted by most recent policy initiatives, is unlikely to provide an effective framework for shaping the future of scholarly publishing, as the authors conclude.