Early Career Researchers, researchers under 35 operating without tenure, are the future of research, and their attitudes and behaviour matter. They are by far the largest group of researchers and they represent the future of research, yet there have been no recent investigations into their attidues towards scholarly communication and the extent to which their behaviours may prove transformational.
This report on data from Year one of a planned three-year qualitative study investigates a wide range of issues using personal interviews with 116 ECRs from seven coutries: UK, US, China, France, Spain, Poland, and Malaysia.
ECRs see publishing in high impact journals as important to advance their careers, but many may adopt different publishing strategies in future if their environment allows. Publishing in open access journals does not feature as a prominent criterion in most ECRs' publishing strategies, despite mandates.