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Dramatic Growth of Open Access: June 30, 2009

The June 30 edition of my Dramatic Growth of Open Access series 
is now available.


Growth in open access policies was highly significant this 
quarter; the number of departmental policies in particular, 
doubled in the last few months from 6 to 13. There are now well 
over a hundred open access policies, and many more in the works, 
such as the recently re- introduced U.S. Federal Research Public 
Access Act (FRPAA). PLoS One is now one of the world's largest 
journals, anticipating publication of 4,800 articles in 2009 - 
and more in 2010; PLoS One may well become THE largest journal 
sometime in 2010. DOAJ added 253 journals; OpenDOAR and OAIster 
each added 43 new repositories, for a total of over 1,400 
repositories facilitating access to about 22-27 million items, a 
distributed collection growing by at least 17,000 items per day. 
Both free and open access are growing steadily at PubMedCentral; 
the percentage of publications based on NIH-funded research that 
are freely available within 2 years of publication is up to 35%. 
Watch for this percentage to grow over the coming year as more 
articles pass the maximum 12-month embargo allowed under the 
policy which came into effect April 2008. 98 more journals are 
making articles not just freely accessible, but open access, this 
quarter in PubMedCentral, for a total of 398 OA journals in PMC.

For details and links to viewable and downloadable open data 
editions, see: 

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and does not represent the opinion or policy of BC Electronic 
Library Network or Simon Fraser University Library.

Heather Morrison, MLIS
The Imaginary Journal of Poetic Economics