CFP last date
20 June 2024
General Information

Publishing practices

The SOAP consortium is funded by the European Commission and coordinated by CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research. It represents key stakeholders in open access, such as publishers BioMed Central, SAGE and Springer; funding agencies (the UK Science and Technology Facilities Council) and libraries (the Max Planck Digital Library of the Max Planck Society). The project runs for two years, from March 2009 to February 2011.

The SOAP Project is currently conducting an online survey to assess researchers’ experiences with open access publishing. This survey aims to inform the most comprehensive analysis of attitudes to open access publishing to date and is seeking views from a wide a range of interested parties. It is primarily aimed at active researchers in public and private organizations, from all fields of the research in the sciences and humanities and focuses on publication of research articles in (open access) peer-reviewed journals.

If you would like to contribute to shaping the public discourse on open access, please visit

It should take 10-15 minutes to complete. Please share this news with your research collaborators, so that the views from your community will be properly represented.

The survey outcome will be made public and openly shared with the publishers, research funding agencies and European Commission, libraries and researchers.

Thanks in advance, the SOAP Project & IJCA Editorial Teams