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June 30, 2011 issue of The Dramatic Growth of Open Access

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    Date: Tue, 5 Jul 2011 09:58:44 -0700
    From: Heather Morrison
    Subject: Let the competition begin! Dramatic Growth of Open Access June 30, 2011

    The June 30, 2011 issue of The Dramatic Growth of Open Access is now
    available, at:


    Celebrates the growth of open access in the area of the medical
    literature. It was only a little more than a decade ago when the
    medline index was available only to subscribers. Today, not only is
    PubMed available to all – so are more than 3.3 million free fulltext
    documents indexed in PubMed. 1,176 journals voluntarily participate
    in PubMed; on average, one new title is added per day. More than
    half of these journals are open access.

    Builds on the finding of Laakso et al of a tenfold increase in open
    access publishing from 1993 to 2009 (
    info:doi/10.1371/journal.pone.0020961). Laakso et al theorized a
    threefold division during this time frame, the pioneering years, the
    innovation years, and the consolidation years. My hypothesis, based
    in part on the announcements in recent months by traditional
    publishers appearing to enter into serious competition in the OA
    arena (Springer Open – now with 50 journals; Wiley Open; Nature
    Communications, and today, Open Biology), is that we have already
    entered a new phase, which I am calling the competition years.

    Selected numbers:
    There are now more than 10,000 OJS installations worldwide, up from
    9,000 last quarter (10% quarterly growth, 40% annual equivalent)

    DOAJ 6,694 titles growth rate 4 titles / day
    Electronic Journals Library (free journals of academic interest)
    29,000 titles, growth rate 11 titles / day
    OpenDOAR 1,980 repositories growth rate 1 / day
    BASE 29 million documents, growth rate 11,000 / day
    ROARMAP 289 open access mandate policies
    1,176 journals actively participating; increase of 92 this quarter, 1
    journal / day;
    721 journals immediate free access; increase of 59 this quarter
    616 all articles open access; increase of 51 this quarter
    Heather G. Morrison
    Doctoral Candidate, SFU School of Communication
    The Imaginary Journal of Poetic Economics

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