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Taylor & Francis survey examines authors’ attitudes to re-use of work -

Academic publisher Taylor & Francis has released the third in a series of press releases on the themes and findings of the Open Access Survey. In this survey, Taylor & Francis investigates authors' attitudes and values relating to the dissemination of their research when publishing in open access journals.

Respondents were asked how acceptable it was for their work to be re-used in a variety of ways without their prior knowledge or permission, provided they received credit as the original author. Findings from the survey demonstrate that the opinion from authors on overall re-use was fairly evenly distributed. Forty percent agreed with the statement that it was acceptable to have their work re-used in any way, 41 percent did not support this – 18 percent did not have a strong opinion either way.

However, asking specifically about commercial re-use versus non-commercial re-use brought up an interesting anomaly. When asked about how acceptable it was for their work to be reused for non-commercial gain, 68 percent of respondents agreed that it was acceptable, with 18 percent deeming unacceptable. When asked their opinion about having their work used specifically for commercial gain, however, only 18 percent found this acceptable with 67 percent deeming this unacceptable.

Authors were asked also about their attitudes and values relating to various specific types of re-use of their work. Support was strongest for use in text or data mining, with 48 percent agreeing this is acceptable, and weakest for the adaption of their work, with 50 percent deeming this unacceptable without their prior knowledge or permission.

Translation or inclusion in an anthology elicited more evenly split responses. While 45 percent of authors were happy for others to translate their work, 39 percent were not. While 45 percent of authors found it acceptable for their work to be re-used in an anthology, 40 percent considered this unacceptable.

The finding that almost half of the authors surveyed would find text or data mining of their work acceptable is in line with the objectives and aims of policy makers such as Research Councils UK and the Welcome Trust who are strong advocates of the openness of research via these methods.

Click here to read the original press release.


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