DOI: 10.3390/publications12010001 ISSN: 2304-6775

Going Open Access: The Attitudes and Actions of Scientific Journal Editors in China

Wenqi Fu, Jie Xu, Qing Fang, Jingjia Ding, Hanqing Ma
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Media Technology
  • Communication
  • Business and International Management
  • Library and Information Sciences

This study aims to investigate the attitudes and actions of scientific journal editors in China towards open access. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 17 Chinese editors from various scientific journals during September and October of 2022. The results indicate that the editors generally possess knowledge of open access and have implemented an appropriate open access model for their respective journals. However, the Chinese-language journal editors expressed a lack of motivation to adopt open access, unless there is a reform in the mechanism of academic publishing or a policy is imposed. On the other hand, the English-language journal editors acknowledged that they have no other choice but to adopt open access. This study helps us learn about Chinese editors’ understanding and attitudes towards open access, the current status of open access in China’s scientific journals, and the mechanisms of academic publishing in China.

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