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Thursday, January 17, 2008

Another misleading survey

Cameron Neylon, Biosciences Federation Survey on Open Access - Please do this survey! Science in the Open, January 16, 2008.  Excerpt:

Ok, having flagged up two surveys in my previous post I have now done the second one. It seems to be for anyone worldwide but I wanted to bring it to people’s attention because it further clouds the definition of Open Access, whether deliberately or through ignorance I can’t say.

Fairly early on we have the following question:

6. What do you understand by the term ‘Open Access’? (Tick all those that apply)

  • Journals that are free to the reader
  • Journals that are free to the author
  • Journals that charge the author
  • Copies of journal articles freely available online (other than in the journal itself)
  • Not sure
  • Never heard the term
  • Other (please give details)

BBB doesn’t seem to even exist as an option!...Now, we can (and have) argued for a long time over definitions of OA and the role of BBB etc. But to not mention it at all does not seem helpful. Might I humbly suggest that all those who feel it appropriate do the survey and put something in the ‘Other’ box for Question 6? ....

Comment.  The Biosciences Federation is willing to support OA journals if the OA business models can provide revenue assurances that BF doesn't even get from the subscription business model.