Although historians are considered a traditional community as regards to the channels
adopted to communicate their research, the studies reveal some behavioural changes.
In the Portuguese case, data seems to show that, even if print remains the most
common format, universities and History R&D Units increasingly value the free
electronic access to research results. Considering that Portugal is a small country, the
visibility offered by the Web is extremely important and it is being used as a resource
to reach a larger number of other researchers.
In the future, it is our intention to cross the data obtained in this study with other
data collected through semi-structured interviews conducted to all the directors of the
R&D Units, and through a survey applied to individual researchers. This will arguably
allow us to better understand the trends in electronic publishing and OA in the field of
History in Portugal and how they are perceived by historians.