11 June 2010

Oxford Sees Scholarly Hesitancy on Open Access

So reads the headline of an odd story at Inside Higher Ed, which I reproduce in full here:
Academics remain reluctant to allow their journal articles to be deposited in open-access repositories, according to the Oxford University Press. The press announced Thursday that the percentage of Oxford Press articles authorized for re-publication in its open-access repository decreased overall from 6.7 to 5.9 percent between 2008 and 2009. Officials attributed the decrease to a relatively low rate of opt-ins from 11 new journals to which the option was extended in 2009; putting those new titles aside, the proportion of authors allowing their work to be made freely available stayed roughly the same. Still, the stagnation of that rate indicates that researchers are still wary of endorsing an open-access model, Oxford officials said in a release. Humanities scholars were the least willing to participate in Oxford Open, the press's open-access initiative, opting in at a rate of 2.5 percent. Life sciences scholars were the most generous with their work, with 11.4 percent allowing their papers to be freely accessible.

Hmmm.  I've published with Oxford (one  journal article and one book chapter) and I don't recall them asking me if I wanted to have my work made openly accessible.  (I do!  I do!)  So I guess I can assume that OUP won't mind if I make my OUP publications openly accessible? (Anyone want to take bets on this?)

And why do I feel that this is a little like the prison warden asking the inmates if they like the cooking?

The IHE doesn't provide a link to the OUP "release," and I don't have time to look for it now. Does anyone have any insights?
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  1. http://www.oxfordjournals.org/news/2010/06/10/open_access.html

  2. Thanks for the link, Anon.