Landscape study of small journal publishers transitioning to open access (OA) now available - News - Knowledge Exchange
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The scholarly publishing landscape tends to be dominated by large corporate publishers that publish the majority of academic research. However, smaller publishers play a key role in scholarly communication. They offer vital channels of communication for specific disciplines. Additionally, they provide academics who have a particular regional, cultural, linguistic or thematic interest with important information.
Knowledge Exchange (KE) and the German Centre for Higher Education Research and Science Studies (DZHW) have published an initial Landscape study of small journal publishers. This study includes a practical examination of small publishers which helps the research community to identify the challenges they may face in successfully transitioning to open access.
Based on the methodology presented at the beginning of the report, the data collected allows us to draw a panorama of small academic publishing houses within the six KE countries. The study investigates how many small publishers in these countries can be identified in large bibliographic databases and looks at several characteristics of these publishers. It also seeks to understand their attributes such as the business model (open access, closed or a combination thereof), language, discipline, lifespan, changes in publisher, periodicity and age among others. The data is shared with the report.