This week was full of good news for Open Access. A couple of days ago I wrote about the switch of the Cultural Anthropology (published by the American Anthropological Association) to the OA model. This was just the first example of this week’s transition into Open Access.
The University of Kansas has recently informed readers, that Auslegung: The Journal of Philosophy is moving from the traditional pay-for-access publishing model to a gratis, open-access model in 2013. Auslegung will be made available online with the help of the KU Libraries’ Center for Digital Scholarship (CDS). As we can read:
“Auslegung is published semiannually and is a peer-reviewed international journal of philosophy founded in 1973. It is published through the auspices of the Department of Philosophy at the University of Kansas and the Graduate Association of Students in Philosophy. The journal is intended to be a forum for the expression of all scholarly philosophical perspectives. Article submissions are reviewed by faculty from universities in the U.S. and Canada.”
It is very good news indeed that yet another journal moves over to Open Access and abandons the pay for access model. This transition provides good evidence that Open Access is becoming a publishing model, which works well for science and the scientific community. OA responds to the need for a more open transfer of knowledge in science.
But it’s not the end of good news! A few days ago, the Directory of Open Access Journals reported another milestone in its development. DOAJ has now one million searchable articles in its database! What is more, over 50% of the journals provide metadata at the article level. Apart from that, DOAJ has recently completed a transition to a new environment and has launched a new platform with an integrated functionality for sharing, exporting and enhanced search/browse. Thanks to that, searching for articles through DOAJ is much better than before.
One million OA articles is a great result indeed. The Directory of Open Access Journals is growing fast year by year, which confirms that Open Access has great prospects and that it may be the future of academic publishing. It will change and grow, but in the end, science needs a bit more openness and connection with other aspects of social life, and the rapid development of OA is a perfect illustration of this.