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Behavioural research: Authors and users vis‑à‑vis journals and repositories


April 2009 – June 2011

As part of the EU‑funded PEER project, LISU and the Department of Information Science at Loughborough University were commissioned to investigate the role of publicly available repositories in scholarly communication, with a special focus on researchers' perceptions of repositories, and their attitudes towards using them.

The objective of this research study was to inform the PEER group about researchers' perceptions of open access repositories, both as creators of research articles and readers of journal literature, and their scholarly practices with regard to the deposit of their final peer‑reviewed manuscripts as accepted for journal publication. To achieve this objective, information was collected via a web‑based survey distributed to authors by participating publishers, and a series of disciplinary focus groups conducted in several European countries.

A report of the initial phase of the study and the final report are available on the PEER project website.




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