What PEER is teaching us about Green OA

Chris Armbruster
Research Manager, PEER Project

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The PEER Project – a collaboration between publishers, repositories and researchers – investigates the feasibility and consequences of large-scale Green OA. PEER was set up as a randomized controlled trial, with an infrastructure of more than 241 participating journals and 200 control journals, processing more than 60,000 publications and releasing more than 15,000 ‘green’ manuscripts (by 31 August 2011 – cf. Wallace, J. 2011. PEER: Green Open Access – Insight and Evidence, Learned Publishing 24(4), forthcoming). Research is being conducted across three dimensions (www.peerproject.eu/peer-research/): a) Quantitative and qualitative behavioural data on authors and readers, b) Logfile analysis of usage at publishers and repositories, and c) Economic case studies of publishers and repositories. Noteworthy results from setting up the infrastructure and from the three research areas will be highlighted. Next, a synthesis will point to the most important lessons learned by and within the PEER Project. Finally, the lessons learned from this experiment will be contrasted to what we know about OA policy implementation: first results compared (by C. Armbruster 2011. Learned Publishing 24(4), forthcoming).