Adoption of the Open Access Business Model in Scientific Journal Publishing: A Cross-disciplinary Study | Bo-Christer Björk and Timo Korkeamäki | College Research and Libraries, 81(7), 2020

This study has conducted both quantitative and qualitative analysis of differences in Open Access (OA) prevalence between different academic disciplines based on empirical data from the Web of Science (WoS), Scopus, DOAJ and Ulrich’s, to analyze the factors that potentially affect OA uptake levels.

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over 3 years ago

Whereas in recent years, the overall share of Open Access articles in the total scholarly output has exceeded 20%, this paper indicates that the journal-side and researcher-side adoption rates of Open Access across different disciplines continue to be in their absolute majority to be mismatched. More specifically, this study has found that only for multidisciplinary research, physics and astronomy,  and chemistry the share of Open Access articles exceeds that of Open Access journals in these fields. For 15 other disciplines, the opposite was found to be the case. As the average article processing charges for the former disciplines were not found to be the lowest, it is, therefore, likely that organizational, social and cultural factors, rather than economic ones, are behind different rates of Open Access transitions in various research domains.