Dramatic Growth of Open Access: June 30, 2009

From: Heather Morrison <heatherm_at_ELN.BC.CA>
Date: Wed, 1 Jul 2009 00:16:42 -0700

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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Heather Morrison, MLIS
The Imaginary Journal of Poetic Economics
Received on Wed Jul 01 2009 - 14:24:15 BST

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