Hear Perspectives About OA Publishing From Researchers Around the World

IGI Global's 2022 Open Access Survey Results

By IGI Global Open Access Division on Jan 27, 2023
With the rapid growth of the open access (OA) movement, we understand that there has been significant confusion surrounding open science, which is why we deployed a survey to garner feedback about OA publishing from the perspectives of researchers who have undergone the process. We have rapidly increased our involvement in OA (with nearly 4,000 total OA papers from researchers hailing from over 90 countries) to meet the demand of interest in this publishing model as well as stay ahead of mandates, and will continue to provide OA publishing opportunities and solutions to needs expressed in the survey results below. 
Where Is IGI Global’s Open Access Research Coming From?
Why You Should Publish Under Open Access With IGI Global
  • Over 35 Years of Publishing Experience With Personalized Support
  • Join Diverse Perspectives With 150,000+ Researchers Worldwide Publishing with IGI Global (over 40% hailing from non-Western countries)
  • Affordable APCs (often 50% lower than the industry average)
  • Full Journal Collection Published Under OA (175+ e-journals) as well as Book OA Opportunities
  • Highly Cited Publications Included in Prestigious Indices Including Web of Science and Scopus
  • Easily Navigate Submission & Review Process With Our Advanced Proprietary Submission Manuscript System (eEditorial Discovery)
  • Fast Turnaround Times (as low as 30 days from submission to final decision)
Quick Links
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About the Survey
This survey was sent to those who had previously published under OA with us at IGI Global. We received responses from 85 individuals hailing from 31 countries around the world.
A Sample of Questions Included:
  • If given the option, would you prefer to publish under open access vs. standard access?
  • What incentivizes you to publish under an OA model?
  • What OA editorial opportunities are you most interested in?
  • How difficult do you find it to be to secure funding for your OA research?
  • What OA funding resources have you utilized for your research?
  • Does your institution offer OA funding?
  • What compliance mandates must you follow to publish under OA?
  • What advice would you give to someone seeking funding for OA?
  • What opportunities have been presented to you as the result of having your published research openly available?
  • How would you describe your experience publishing under OA with IGI Global?
Consolidation of survey results are included below to ensure the scientific community was able to hear directly from perspectives provided by researchers who have published under OA.
For questions about the OA movement and publishing endeavors, please reach out to Marissa Massare, Open Access Publishing Coordinator, at mmassare@igi-global.com.
Summary of Survey Results
Key Findings and Top Takeaways:
(Please note that respondents were able to select multiple answers for some of the questions.)
What Compliance Mandates Must You Follow to Publish Under Open Access?
Must Undergo a Peer Review Process
(69 respondents)
Must Be Indexed (Scopus, Web of Science, etc.)
(63 respondents)
Have an Archiving Policy
(25 respondents)
Publish Under Specific Licensing Agreement
(19 respondents)
Must be a Member of COPE
(12 respondents)
All IGI Global’s open access publications undergo a rigorous double-blind peer review process.IGI Global’s journals and books are indexed in prestigious indices, such as Scopus, Web of Science, Compendex, etc.All of IGI Global’s content is archived via the CLOCKSS and LOCKSS initiative.IGI Global OA publications are published under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) licensing arrangement.IGI Global is a Full Member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).
Open Access Funding
OA funding can be the most cumbersome element of the OA publishing process. Many researchers experience the same issues involving funding. See below for more on solutions and resources for OA funding.
  • IGI Global’s Open Access Funding Resources
  • IGI Global also offers the option of crowdfunding, where the payment of the processing charge does not have to come from one single funding body. This concept can be applied to all open access publishing options. Learn More >
IGI Global offers affordable OA processing charges, often 50% lower than the industry standard. Additionally, with platinum OA, authors are not responsible for securing funding as it has already been secured to cover the OA processing charge.
Additionally, authors can also convert their previously published work to open access, which typically enables a lower processing charge, particularly if the publication is from an earlier copyright year. Learn more about retrospective OA conversion of your published works with IGI Global below:
Additional OA Funding Resources include Sherpa Juliet, The Open Access Directory, and SPARC.
To support the demand for credible OA publishing outlets, IGI Global will continue to provide opportunities for all to publish under this model, and we are available to discuss OA publishing and collaborations with you further. Learn more here, and you can view opportunities to submit your research under open access here. We look forward to continuing this dialogue with researchers, funding bodies, other publishers, and libraries alike. For questions or to learn more, contact Marissa Massare, Open Access Publishing Coordinator, at mmassare@igi-global.com.
About IGI Global

Founded in 1988 and headquartered in Hershey, Pennsylvania, USA with a subsidiary office (IGI Science and Technology, Ltd.) operating out of Beijing, China, IGI Global is a leading medium-sized independent international academic publisher of scholarly reference sources. They are committed to facilitating the discovery of pioneering scientific research that enhances and expands the body of knowledge available to the research community through traditional and open access publishing workflows. Working in close collaboration with more than 150,000+ expert researchers and professionals from leading institutions, IGI Global publishes quality peer-reviewed content across 350+ topics in 11 core subject areas, including business, computer science, education, engineering, healthcare, social sciences, and more. Learn more about IGI Global here.

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