The move to open access and growth: experience from Journal of Hymenoptera Research - Pensoft
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"The new [OA] publication model has replaced the traditional schedule of two issues per year with a more flexible one allowing publication of unlimited numbers of issues, depending only on the availability of publishable content. The unrestricted number of issues speeded up the publication process and increased the number of published pages as a whole. For instance, from 2000 to 2010 (vol. 10-19), JHR published an annual average of 306 pages (Fig. 1), while shortly after changing the publication model, the number of published pages increased to 366 in 2011 and 712 pages in 2012. Likewise, there has been growth in submissions to JHR and published articles, reaching 51 and 38 articles, respectively, in 2012. The rejection rate, at about 20%, remained about the same, with 10 rejected manuscripts in 2011 and 11 rejections in 2012.
Apart from a significant increase in the volume of published content, the move to open access was accompanied by several other changes. Most importantly, published information is immediately disseminated, through XML markup, to global aggregators and scientific databases, including Encyclopedia of Life (EOL) , the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) , Plazi , and Species-ID (see, e.g., Penev et al. 2010, 2011). Similarly, publication records are distributed to scientific databases, indices and search engines, such as Zoological Record, Web of Science, Google Scholar, CAB Abstracts, DOAJ Content and others. The publisher provides an alert service through email, RSS, and social networks, including Facebook, Twitter and Mendeley to inform readers of the publication of new issues...."