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Does Dramatic Growth of DOAJ Signal Success or Market Dysfunction?
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- Date: Fri, 17 Dec 2010 18:33:03 EST
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Thanks to Phil Davis for welcome discussion on the dramatic growth of open access. In brief, yes, the dramatic growth of DOAJ journals does mean success, and is no doubt inspired by a dysfunctional scholarly publishing market. As a bit more detail: if there is anything more amazing that the dramatic growth of open access, it is that this growth has taken place with so little economic support. Like Phil, I think that the best measure of gold OA growth would the number of articles published. As the DOAJ search by article service grows, this may become feasible as a metric in the near future. One point where I differ from Phil is that I think the number of titles is important per se, regardless of the number of articles published, as this is a measure of infrastructure for OA - not only accomplished growth, but potential future growth. Behind every one of these journals, for example, is a publishing service - often a new publishing service provided by a library, and many of these could easily grow with a little support. This is one of the reasons I highly recommend that libraries consider joining the Compact on Open Access Publishing Equity (COPE). From my perspective, the economic target for open access publishing should be high quality, fully open access publishing that is economically sustainable and/or cost effective. For my detailed response to Phil's critique of my Dramatic Growth of Open Access Dec. 11 issue, please see The Imaginary Journal of Poetic Economics, at: http://poeticeconomics.blogspot.com/2010/12/dramatic-growth-of-open-access-dec-11.html best, Heather Morrison, MLIS Doctor Candidate, SFU School of Communication The Imaginary Journal of Poetic Economics http://poeticeconomics.blogspot.com
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