2014 open-access survey results

Taylor & Francis publishers recently released the results of their 2014 open-access publication survey. The questionnaire was distributed to authors who have published in T&F journals in the last year, and nearly 8,000 people from all over the world responded. The results are encouraging, and supportive of the design and philosophy of the Global Forum on Arts and Christian Faith. The Global Forum is what T&F define as “Gold Open Access”: publication of the final version of every article, made freely available online. Gold Open Access is the least restrictive, most accessible category of open-access publishing. Here are just a few of the numbers from the 2014 T&F survey:

  • 81% of respondents agree that “open access offers wider circulation than publication in a subscription journal” (up from 71% in the 2013 survey).
  • 65% of respondents agree that “open access offers higher visibility than publication in a subscription journal” (up from 55% in 2013).
  • Only 11% of respondents believe that “there are no fundamental benefits to open access publication” (down from 16% in 2013).
  • The most preferred license for open access work is the Creative Commons BY-NC-ND (53% of respondents this year, up from 46% last year). This is the standard CC license we use for all Global Forum articles.
  • Authors who pay for open-access privileges expect “rigorous peer review” (81%) and “rapid publication of my paper” (76%). The Global Forum offers these benefits, with no author fees!

These findings affirm that the Global Forum on Arts and Christian Faith is perfectly positioned as the kind of academic journal that will be at the forefront of publishing trends in the next decade and beyond. And so we again want to offer the benefits of Gold Open Access publishing to anyone with research, reports, and reviews related to arts and Christianity around the world. Register today as a Reader and Author, if you haven't already. We are always accepting submissions, and we look forward to your contribution to the conversation!