Attitudes toward Open Access, Open Peer Review, and Altmetrics among Contributors to Spanish Scholarly Journals

01/07/2021 ∙ by Francisco Segado-Boj, et al. ∙ 0

This paper aims to gain a better understanding of the perspectives of contributors to Spanish academic journals regarding open access, open peer review, and altmetrics. It also explores how age, gender, professional experience, career history, and perception and use of social media influence authors opinions toward these developments in scholarly publishing. A sample of contributors (n-1254) to Spanish academic journals was invited to participate in a survey about the aforementioned topics. The response rate was 24 per cent (n-295). Contributors to Spanish scholarly journals hold a favourable opinion of open access but were more cautious about open peer review and altmetrics. Younger and female scholars were more reluctant to accept open peer review practices. A positive attitude toward social networks did not necessarily translate into enthusiasm for emerging trends in scholarly publishing. Despite this, ResearchGate users were more aware of altmetrics.

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