InTech, a multidisciplinary open access (OA) publisher with a focus on book publishing, employed TBI Communications Ltd., to conduct a survey to discern the varying attitudes about OA, and made the results available. Of InTech's author-base of 25,000, more than 8,000 authors (32%) responded, with the majority of respondents (78%) identifying themselves as researchers. Three out of four respondents rated free access to their work as being important or very important, but many were concerned about the affordability of Article Processing Charges (APC) for them and their institutions.
InTech performed the survey because little is known about the attitudes that authors and researchers, as opposed to publishers and librarians, take toward the OA model. Though the survey reflected researchers' acceptance, widespread misunderstanding and some mistrust towards the OA publishing model remains. The full results of the survey can be downloaded at: www.intechweb.org/public_files/Intech_OA_Apr11.pdf.