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Survey on Scholarly Publication Experiences & Perspectives

Purpose: The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is committed to advancing the world’s best science, scientific integrity, and inclusion in all we do. Our support for open science, including open access and open data, is integral to these commitments. This survey asks about approaches to and experiences with scholarly publishing, so that AAAS can better understand how open access trends and publishing costs are affecting US researchers and, in turn, the scientific enterprise.

Target Audiences: This survey is for US-based individuals who are:
  1. Scientists who conduct and publish research or did so for a significant portion of their careers, in academic settings or at organizations whose primary purpose is research (e.g., nonprofit research institutes and research divisions of government agencies);
  2. Librarians in academic settings and libraries for organizations whose primary purpose is research; and
  3. Administrators who oversee budgets that may be affected by publication costs, such as provosts and vice presidents for research.
Participation is voluntary. You may discontinue participation at any time without penalty, and skip questions you don’t wish to answer. Respondents must be based at institutions within the US and have reached the age of majority. In the US, the age of majority is 19 in Alabama and Nebraska, 21 in Puerto Rico, and 18 in all other states.

Time Required: Fewer than 10 minutes.

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Use and Security of Information: This survey is being conducted by Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath, LLP on behalf of AAAS. The survey is hosted on the Alchemer platform, which encrypts data and can only be accessed through secure HTTPS. Data will be analyzed by a team of individuals from Faegre Drinker and AAAS. All personal information collected via the survey will remain confidential to this team, and all information shared in papers or reports on this research will be deidentified. Additionally, any data stored for the long term or used in comparison to other data in future research will be de-linked from identity data. Neither Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath, LLP nor AAAS will sell your data.

Plans to Share Survey Results: The findings from this research will be shared publicly in mid-2022. Upon completing the survey, respondents can opt-in to be notified when the results become available.

Questions: If you have any questions about your data and how it will be handled or about any other aspects of this study, please contact the research team via this form. You may also contact WCG IRB with questions about research participants’ rights or read more here.

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