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Thursday, January 24, 2008

Survey of Cuban health researchers on OA journals

Nancy Sánchez Tarragó and Juan Carlos Fernández Molina, Open Access Journals:  Knowledge and Attitudes among Cuban Health Researchers, MEDICC Review, 10, 1 (2007) pp. 18-21.  Self-archived January 22, 2008.

Abstract:   A descriptive, cross-sectional study is presented whose objective was to determine the level of knowledge about and the attitudes toward open access journals among Cuban health researchers. To this end, a printed questionnaire was distributed between March and June 2007 to a group of researchers from Cuban national health institutes, who were chosen through stratified random sampling (160 researchers from 11 institutes). Variables included level of information about Open Access Movement terms and initiatives; papers published in open access journals; and reasons to publish, or not to publish, papers in such journals. Descriptive statistics, bivariate correlations, and correspondence analysis were done using the SPSS statistical software, version 10.0 for Windows. Little knowledge of open access journals and other Open Access Movement terms and initiatives, and little use of open access journals as a publication means, were observed.