With the emergence of open access, publishers are facing a significant challenge in understanding the changing publishing environment and determining how best to serve their authors and readership. In turn, researchers have been presented with new decision criteria for evaluating research, and for selecting a journal for research dissemination.
As a not-for-profit scholarly publisher best known for our NRC Research Press journals, we are committed to meeting researchers’ needs and providing a viable, long-term Canadian science and technology publishing option. To help fulfill that mandate, we commissioned Phase 5, an independent research agency, to conduct an objective survey of Canadian researchers and draft a report of the findings.
Our aim was to give a voice to Canadian science researchers, to find out how they are consuming journal content and selecting a journal in which to publish their research in these changing times. We also wanted to share this information with our peers and stakeholders who operate within the Canadian publishing landscape. Well over 500 responses were received; we are thankful to all who participated in the survey. For each completed survey, $1 was donated to Youth Science Canada.
The survey questions were offered in both English and French. The full report is available in English and the key findings have been translated to French and can be read here.
View or download the full report.
Some key findings described in the report:
We invite further conversations about the findings in this report and about open access options and opportunities within Canada and in the publishing community at large. We are eager to collaborate with partners, funders, libraries, and institutions to find and implement solutions that help meet the needs of all members of our research community. Find out more about our current initiatives to provide open access options for our authors and readers.
To provide feedback or to comment on this report or for more information, please send us an email.