Our Icelandic editor Sólveig Thorsteinsdottir describes the “Open Access to research articles published in Iceland in 2013 “. She carefully compares the number
of Icelandic publications in foreign journals, as shown by searching in the Web of Science with the open access availability, either Green, Hybrid or Gold, of the same articles according to the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ).
There has been a slow but steady growth of OA in Iceland.The total number of all varieties of OA for all of Iceland is now approximately 30% and for Landspitali,
the National University Hospital, 40%. Figures split per OA variety show some interesting differences
In his article “The past, present & future of Open Access“, Mikael Laakso, researcher in Information Systems Science at Hanken School of Economics in Helsinki,
summarizes his recent doctoral thesis “Measuring Open Access - Studies of Web-enabled Innovation in Scientific Journal Publish, in which Mikael Laakso examines the Open Access phenomenon from a quantitative perspective.
He has looked at the development of article publishing in scientific open access journals as well as the number of articles uploaded on the Internet and made
available by authors themselves. His results show that there has been a rapid and even aggressive change in the field of scientific and scholarly publishing, but that there still remains a lot to be done to promote openness in research, and especially when
it comes to the important factor of individual researchers taking an active interest in the process of publishing.
Our Danish editor Adrian Price at the Faculty of Science Library, Frederiksberg, University of Copenhagen, presents a recently published report from the Knowledge
Exchange (KE) project in “Knowledge Exchange working group on authority files”.
The report explains the concept “authority files”- controlled lists of data elements - and how they are used in the information infrastructure.
There is an increasing need for quality controlled data as the amount of global information grows. Authority files are very useful for repositories. Examples
of authority files are ISSN, ISBN, and the DOI (Digital Object Identifier) for articles, and the ORCID system for identifying authors, inventors, artists etc.
Finally, Mikael K Elbæk, a systems librarian at the Technical Information Center of Denmark, has written about the “Danish Open Access Barometer.“
This was a project financed by DEFF with two related goals: to investigate the OA-status of Danish research publications from 2011, and to develop a prototype
for a web-based Danish “Open Access Barometer”. The main results of the OA investigation are presented here, together with a general description of the OA Barometer.
It was found that the technical universities had the highest OA rate, led by the IT University with more than half of all its publications OA.
The universities that performed less well tended to be biased towards the humanities and social sciences. 57 % of all publications were found to have OA potential,
and for 21% the potential had been realised.
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