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Open Access Gains Support; Fees and Journal Quality Deter Submissions

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Science  21 Jan 2011:
Vol. 331, Issue 6015, pp. 273
DOI: 10.1126/science.331.6015.273-a

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Scientists love open-access papers as readers, but they are less enthusiastic about submitting their papers to open-access journals, according to a new study. The European Union–sponsored Study of Open Access Publishing surveyed 50,000 researchers last year for their opinions on open-access journals, which make all their papers freely available online and usually charge authors a fee for each published paper. The study found overwhelming support for the concept, but overall only about 10% of papers are published in open-access journals.