Some of the journals whose authors showed very low compliance rates last December are now showing improved compliance rates. Since it is the authors, not the journals, that the policy applies to, this is a very indirect measure of the likely helpfulness (or not) of the journal with respect to facilitating author compliance with the policy. The compliance rate with the requirement policy dating from 2008 for authors of Elsevier’s Addictive Behaviors and American Heart Journal is about 50%, as with Wiley-Blackwell’s Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research. Authors of Taylor & Francis’ AIDS Care is at 26% compliance, American Journal of Bioethics 44%. To repeat, this is compliance with the new firm requirement policy, not the voluntary policy which has been in effect since 2004.
This post is part of the Dramatic Growth of Open Access series.
With this issue, the explanatory notes have been separated from the main spreadsheet, to facilitate updating of the google docs editions. These are my working notes; developing a more readable version is on my to-do list. Questions about methodology are always welcome, at hgmorris at sfu dot ca
For full data and explanatory notes:
To download spreadsheets – Dramatic Growth of Open Access Dataverse (thanks to Harvard)