Barriers to Open Access Publishing: Views from the Library Literature

The library and information science (LIS) community has an active role in supporting access to information and, therefore, is an important stakeholder in the open access conversation. One major discussion involves the barriers that have hindered the complete transition to open access in scientific publications.

Building upon a longitudinal study by Bo-Christer Björk that looked at barriers to the open access publishing of scholarly articles, this study evaluates the discussion of those barriers in the LIS literature over the ten year period 2004–2014, and compares this to Björk’s conclusions about gold open access publishing. Content analysis and bibliometrics are used to confirm the growth of the discussion of open access in the past ten years and gain insight into the most prevalent issues hindering the development of open access.

URL : Barriers to Open Access Publishing: Views from the Library Literature

DOI : 10.3390/publications3030190

The Death of Review Articles in Humanities A…

The Death of Review Articles in Humanities: A Case study on World LIS Journals :

« This study reveals the current status of articles published in Library and Information Science (LIS) journals. Using the citation site “Scopus”, the number of published articles in 32 LIS journals were extracted, illustrated, and analyzed. Approximately 50.31 documents per year have been published in noted journals during 2007-2011. About 6 percent of these documents are devoted to review articles. The findings also show Springer LIS journals has the 1st rank of publishing scholarly documents per year (mean=63.84 documents), and the 1st rank of impact factor (Mean=1.9) among studied groups. American LIS publications showed the best rank in publishing review articles (%11.34 of all published documents) and also in Scimago Journal Rank (SJR) (mean=0.63). ScienceDirect LIS journals was in 1st rank of H-Index scores (Mean=24). In addition, the number of published documents in LIS journals has a positive significant relationship with SJR (R=0.45), IF (R=0.39), and H-Index (R=0.80). In addition, there is a positive significance between SJR and H-Index (R=0.46). Finally, some suggestions have been made to improve the current status of review articles publishing. »