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August 27, 2007
Library & Information Science Journals - 30% are Open Access
Heather Morrison recently posted the following analysis on how many library science journals are open access, to her blog, the OA Librarian.. If you're interested in seeing the underlying data, she's posted it in an open access Google spreadsheet, LIS and the Gold Road.
You'll find that she's apparently not yet made an analysis of the LIS publishers or journals, just the gross numbers, comparing Ulrich's and the DOAJ. Still, the percentage is impressive!
Heather Morrison, LIS literature and the gold road: 30% there! OA Librarian, August 25, 2007.
- The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) currently lists 77 fully open access, peer-reviewed scholarly LIS journals. This list includes 2 titles with title changes, so the actual total is 75.
- An Uhlrich's search for active, scholarly / academic refereed journals with "library" as a subject yields 246 titles.
- This means that librarianship is already 30% of the way on the gold road, full open access publishing.
- Analysis of recent journal start-ups is even more encouraging! For example, all of the journals listed in either DOAJ or Ulrich's with a start year of 2007 are open access. There are 9 journals in Uhlrich's with a start year of 2006, 8 in DOAJ (88%). There are more scholarly LIS journals with a start year of 2000 or later in DOAJ (39) than there are in Uhrich's (31)!
Posted by Katie Newman at August 27, 2007 11:58 AM