Dramatic Growth of Open Access September 30, 2011

Friends and implementers of open access around the world: we have outdone ourselves (again!). This quarter a number of initiatives have met or exceeded some interesting milestones. DOAJ is now over 7,000 journals, and still adding more than 4 titles per day. The Electronic Journals Library now lists more than 30,000 titles that are freely available. OpenDOAR now lists more than 2,000 repositories, and the BASE search engine searches more than 31 million documents in repositories. ROARMAP now lists a total of 300 open access mandate policies. Kudos to PMC for clearly posting pertinent data right on their website, and for growing the number of journals making all articles available OA by 19 to a new total of 635 – and for growing free fulltext at the rate of one per minute! Following are links to quick reference and full data versions, rationale and method, items of interest from this quarter, and noteworthy data from this quarter.

Quick Reference (for viewing)
Quick Reference and Full Data (this quarter only) for downloading
Dataverse – Full data (for downloading)
Rationale and method
Dramatic Growth of Open Access Series

Items of interest since June 30, 2011

The data
Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)  http://www.doaj.org/

  • # journals 7,070
  • growth this quarter: 376 titles
  • # journals searchable at article level:  3,253
  • growth this quarter: 293
  • # articles searchable at article level:  637,427
  • growth this quarter: 51,900

Electronic Journals Library

  • # of journals that can be read free of charge:  30, 963
  • growth this quarter:  1,767

Highwire Press Freehttp://highwire.stanford.edu/lists/freeart.dtl&

  • # free articles 2,117,523
  • growth this quarter 964

OpenDOAR http://www.opendoar.org/

  • # repositories 2,085
  • growth this quarter 105

Bielefeld Academic Search Engine (BASE) http://www.base-search.net/

  •  # documents 31,044,880
  • growth this quarter 2,133,615
  • # content providers 2,027
  • growth this quarter 137

PubMedCentral  http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/ 

  • # articles archived in PMC (from PMC website) 2,200,000
  • # journals that deposit all articles (from PMC website) 893
  • # journals that deposit NIH-funded articles (from PMC website) 296
  • # journals that deposit selected articles (from PMC website) 1,517
  • # journals actively participating in PMC (total minus predecessor minus no new content) 1,214
  • growth this quarter 38
  • # journals in PMC with immediate free access 746
  • growth this quarter 25
  • # journals in PMC with all articles open access 635
  • growth this quarter 19

arXiv http://arxiv.org/

  • # documents 704,659
  • growth this quarter 19,007

RePEC http://repec.org/ 

  • # of documents 1,085,000 25,000
  • growth this quarter 130,000
  • RePEC online (fulltext) 955,000
  • growth this quarter 30,000

E-LIS http://eprints.rclis.org/

  • # documents 12,319
  • growth this quarter 307

Open Access Mandate Policies based on ROARMAP http://www.eprints.org/openaccess/policysignup/

  • Sub-Institutional (was Departmental) 33
  • growth this quarter 0
  • Funder 52
  • growth this quarter 4
  • Institutional 132
  • growth this quarter 5
  • Multi-institutional 1
  • growth this quarter 0
  • Thesis 82
  • growth this quarter 2
  • Total 300
  • growth this quarter 11
  • Proposed Mandates 20

The ACM and me


The ACM and me

"Let me make one thing clear from the beginning: it was the ACM’s choice to remove my publication from their workshop proceedings. I did nothing to stop them. In fact, by waiving my copyright, I made it extraordinarily easy for them to include my work in their proceedings if they wanted….In today’s world, transferring copyright is problematic for researchers like me. We want our papers as widely read as possible in order for them to be as influential as possible. Historically, the best way to do this was to have the paper published, because this would mean that copies of our work would end up getting disseminated to university libraries around the world. Publishing is not free, but in lieu of payment for publishing, we would transfer our copyright to the publisher. However, in today’s world the best way to have my paper widely read is to submit it to an online repository, such as the arXiv, where anyone with internet access can get instant access to my work.

So as per my copyright policy, I uploaded my final version of my paper to the arXiv under a public domain dedication…. I always amend the copyright transfer agreement to make a note that I have already published my work under a public domain dedication and creative commons license and I am only transferring copyright to the extend possible (which I believe amounts to nothing). After mailing or faxing the amended copyright transfer agreement to the publisher, no publisher has yet refused to publish my work. They publish it after copy editing it, and stamp their own copyright on it. I find their copyright claim dubious; but I have no incentive to pursue the issue. With the ACM things are a little different…."

World Congress Adopts CAUT Motion


World Congress Adopts CAUT Motion

"The 1,400 delegates attending the 6th World Congress of Education International in July unanimously passed a resolution introduced by CAUT [Canadian Association of University Teachers] calling for greater balance in global copyright rules….“By supporting this motion, you will make it clear our priority is to ensure all students, teachers and researchers across all sectors of education and in all parts of the world have better access to the learning materials they need and deserve,” [CAUT President Wayne Peters] also told delegates. The resolution was seconded by the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) in Ghana….“In Ghana, the time to complete a PhD is rising mainly because students don’t have access to the library resources and research materials they need,” said [NAGRAT President Christian Addai-Poku]. “Libraries can’t afford books and journals and digital content on the Internet is increasingly locked up.” The CAUT resolution calls on EI [Education International] to advocate at the international level for a more balanced approach to copyright rules, one that respects the rights of owners but allows exemptions for non-commercial educational and research purposes."

Open Consultation Process on Overall Review of the Implementation of the WSIS Outcomes (WSIS+10)


Open Consultation Process on Overall Review of the Implementation of the WSIS Outcomes (WSIS+10)

"The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) outcome documents and the UN General Assembly Resolution 60/252 resolved to conduct an overall review of the implementation of the Summit outcomes in 2015. The ITU Plenipotentiary Resolution 172 (PP-10) on the overall review of the implementation of the outcomes of the WSIS, including the possibility of holding a high-level event in 2014/2015 has requested ITU Secretary General to initiate the preparatory process at the UN Chief Executives Board (CEB). Consequently CEB tasked UNGIS to prepare, on the basis of an open consultation, an Action Plan to organize high-level meeting on the WSIS Review. The Action Plan would be presented to the CEB meeting in April 2012, and would take into consideration the strong support of the Commission on Science and Technology for Development served by UNCTAD…."