Open access publishing is more advanced in LMICs than in HICs

27 June, 2021

This paper finds that 'the overall proportion of open access journals was the lowest in Northern America and Western Europe, while in Latin America, the open access model of publishing is the standard'.

CITATION: The International Development of Open Access Publishing: A Comparative Empirical Analysis Over Seven World Regions and Nine Academic Disciplines

Marton Demeter, Agnes Jele & Zsolt Balázs Major

Publishing Research Quarterly (2021)

https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12109-021-09814-9

ABSTRACT

This paper offers a cross-country and cross-disciplinary analysis of the development of open access publishing from 2000 to 2019. Through an analysis of seven world regions and nine scholarly fields, we found that, while the overall share of open access journals has increased significantly over the last two decades, there are important differences across both the analyzed world regions and disciplines. We also found that, with the exception of neuroscience, the proportion of open access journals is considerably lower among the journals ranked in the Q1 quartile of Scopus than in the general field. We also offer a model that explains the development of open access publishing trends on different disciplinary and geographical levels...

'We analyzed the geographical distribution of open access papers over three benchmark years and nine disciplines. We found that the overall proportion of open access journals was the lowest in Northern America and Western Europe, while in Latin America, the open access model of publishing is the standard. The general trend also shows that the share of open access journals increased significantly in every world region...'

Neil Pakenham-Walsh, HIFA Coordinator, neil@hifa.org www.hifa.org