EDP Open, the Open Access publishing arm of EDP Sciences, has just released the results of a survey to appraise attitudes toward Open Access amongst learned society publishers.

Key findings included:

  • Learned societies overwhelmingly agree that Open Access will inevitably place some learned societies’ journals into financial jeopardy.
  • Competing with large Open Access specialist publishers was also considered a significant challenge for learned societies.
  • More than ever before, with so many journals of dubious origin being published Open Access, learned societies should look to endorse content with a stamp of quality and authority.
  • Collaboration between learned societies could help in the transition to Open Access, by pooling resources and sharing complex tasks.

Full details can be found in the press release online at EDP Open, the White Paper is also available to be downloaded here.