Canadian publisher releases study on journal publishing habits of academics

March 31, 2014

A new report by Canadian Science Publishing, a not-for-profit scientific journal publisher, reveals that almost half of researchers published more than half their research in open-source journals in the past 2 years. The study, which surveyed 540 published Canadian researchers in the natural sciences and engineering fields about how they select journals in which to publish, also found that availability of open access was 8 times less important than impact factor and 13 times less important than journal reputation when selecting a journal. Respondents cited peer review, reach, and discoverability as most important features when choosing a journal. The data also show that institutional blogs or websites, and social media are being used more frequently for research dissemination. Canadian Science Publishing News Release | Full Report