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Open Access and You

Open Access and You

Open Access and You

Linda Blake
Science Librarian
WVU Libraries, Downtown Campus Library
linda.blake@mail.wvu.edu

Publishing Milieu: History

Publishing Milieu: History

“Information wants to be free.” 

-Stewart Brand

Publishing Milieu: History

Publishing Milieu: History

  • 1455 Gutenberg Bible printed
  • 1878 Remington typewriter
  • 1974 Internet
  • 1975 The first PC
  • 1985 Desk top publishing
  • 1991 The World Wide Web
  • 1998 Google
  • 2011 eBooks outsell paper books Amazon
  • The rest is now

From: http://www.bookediting.ca/timeline.html

Publishing Milieu: Cost

Publishing Milieu: Cost

  • $4K   Average cost of a chemistry journal
  • $13K Print subscription to Brain Research
  • $36   Single article from Brain Research
  • $93   Average cost of a history book
  • 7%    Change in cost of a periodical 2015

Source: “Book Trade Research and Statistics” Library and Book Trade Almanac.  2016

Publishing Milieu: Growth

Publishing Milieu: Growth

  • 28K Active scholarly peer-reviewed journals in English
  • 2.5 Million Articles per year
  • 12 % Open access articles
  • 10K    OA articles in the DOAJ

Source: “The STM Report: An Overview of Scientific and Scholarly Journal Publishing.” International Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers, 2014

Publishing Milieu: Trends

Publishing Milieu: Trends

  • Open institutional repositories for university publishing
  • SciHub, a pirated database of scientific papers, taken down
  • Library-provided access to eBooks without cost to library patrons
  • WikiLeaks, information is set free

Harmon, Amy.  (2016) New York Times. March 16, 2016. http://nyti.ms/1XsJPHp 

Publishing Milieu: Trends

Publishing Milieu: Trends

  • Publishing is Dead.
  • Long Live Publishing.
  • Open repositories
  • SciHub
  • Library-Provided Access to eBooks
  • WikiLeaks

Source: https://charlottemillsarts2090unsw.files.wordpress.com/2012/06/jo-image-publishing-is-dead.jpg

Publishing Milieu:  Dubious, Nefarious, Predatory OA Publishing

Publishing Milieu: Dubious, Nefarious, Predatory OA Publishing

"International Journal of Precious Engineering Research and Applications"

  • New journal, especially if publisher launched many at the same time
  • Title close to a well-established journal 
  • Developing-world publisher
  • Not indexed in standard indexes such as DOAJ
  • Poorly designed web pages sometimes with sensational graphics, misspellings
  • (no) Editors not real or edit many, many journals
  • Clear indication of open access fees

 

Publishing Milieu: Good News

Publishing Milieu: Good News

  • Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
  • Institutional Repositories
  • WorldCat for Books
  • Your Brain
  • Library Research Guide