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The Determinants of Open Access Publishing: Survey Evidence from Germany

Thomas Eger

Institute of Law and Economics

Marc Scheufen

Ruhr University Bochum

Daniel Meierrieks

University of Freiburg

March 13, 2013

We discuss the results of a survey conducted in fall 2012 and covering 2,151 researchers in Germany. We show that there are significant differences between the scientific disciplines with respect to researcher’s awareness of and experience with both open access (OA) journals and self-archiving. Our results reveal that the relevance of OA within a discipline may explain why researchers from particular disciplines do (not) publish OA. Besides, several aspects like copyright law, age, profession or the inherent reward system of a discipline play a role. As a consequence, the paper emphasizes that a "one-size-fits-all" approach as promoted by most recent policy approaches is little promising for providing an effective framework for shaping the future of scholarly publishing.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 30

Keywords: academic publishing, open access, copyright, law and economics

JEL Classification: C83, K11, O34

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Date posted: March 14, 2013 ; Last revised: March 29, 2013

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Eger, Thomas and Scheufen, Marc and Meierrieks, Daniel, The Determinants of Open Access Publishing: Survey Evidence from Germany (March 13, 2013). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2232675 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2232675

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Thomas Eger
Institute of Law and Economics ( email )
Johnsallee 35
Hamburg, 20148
HOME PAGE: http://works.bepress.com/thomas_eger/
Marc Scheufen (Contact Author)
Ruhr University Bochum ( email )
Massenbergstr. 11
BF 8.9
Bochum, 44787
Daniel Meierrieks
University of Freiburg ( email )
Freiburg, D-79085
HOME PAGE: http://www.wguth.uni-freiburg.de/mitarbeiter-en/dr-daniel-meierrieks
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