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Title: Perceptions regarding open science appraised by editors of scholarly publications published in Spain
Author: Melero, Remedios  
Boté-Vericad, Juan-José  
López-Borrull, Alexandre  
Citation: Melero, R. [Remedios], Boté-Vericad, J.J. [Juan-José] & López-Borrull, A. [Alexandre].(2023). Perceptions regarding open science appraised by editors of scholarly publications published in Spain. Learned Publishing, 36 (2), 178–193, doi: 10.1002/leap.1511
Abstract: Pillars of open science are often included within the editorial policies of scholarly journals, including policies on open access publication, availability of underlying research data, preprints and open peer review. The aim of this paper is to examine and analyse perceptions and editorial practices related to open access, preprints, open research data and open peer review, from the perspective of editors of scientific journals published in Spain, to gain an insight into editorial policies related to open science. Results and data were obtained by a combined method of online interviews and an online questionnaire. The online survey was sent to editors from journals indexed in the Dulcinea directory, which at the time of the study included 1875 academic journals. A total of 420 responses (22.4%) were obtained. The results indicated that 92% of the journals were open access journals, 2% of the journals conducted open peer review, 15% of the journals had instructions to allow archiving preprints, and out of 375 responses, only 59 journals (16%) reported having a policy on underlying research data. Based on these results, there is a trend in favour of open access, but the perceived barriers to open peer review outweighed the advantages. There is also some reluctance to allow preprints to be made available. This concern might be because editors want authors and readers to read and cite the contents published in their journals, rather than their preprint versions.
Keywords: open science
science editors
Document type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Version: info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion
Issue Date: 29-Dec-2022
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