Scholarly communication in the digital environment: Chemistry and chemical engineering


Ian Rowlands, Department of Information Science, City University London, Department of Information Science, City University London, Centre for Information Behaviour and the Evaluation of Research (CIBER), Northampton Square, London, EC1V 0HB, United Kingdom
This paper will present the key findings of an international survey of senior journal authors carried out by ciber, in association with the UK Publishers' Association and NOP, in early 2004. Responses were received from nearly 4,000 corresponding authors, making this possibly the largest survey of author attitudes to open access and other publishing initiatives so far. The main findings reveal a surprising lack of knowledge of open access: 82% of authors claimed to know 'nothing' or 'just a little' about this movement. Authors' general reluctance to contribute towards the costs of commercial open publishing (can't pay, won't) is severe and probably no where near the level required for sustainable commercial services. The paper contrasts these general findings with those obtained in the fields of chemistry and chemical engineering.