Open Access Literature Productivity of Library and Information Science: A DOAJ Perspective

Open Access Literature Productivity of Library and Information Science: A DOAJ Perspective

G. Stephen (Alagappa University, India) and T. Balamurugan (Alagappa University, India)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-8178-1.ch010
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DOAJ is an online directory that indexes and provides access to quality open access, peer-reviewed journals. This chapter shows that open Access literature productivity of Library and Information Science in DOAJ perspective. Totally in DOAJ 124 journals in general library science i.e. 56.12%. In the subject digital library there are 17 journals which is in the second position i.e. 11.80%. There are 3 journals (2.08%) in the subject bibliometrics. There are 40 countries who contributed journals in DOAJ in library science subject. USA is the top most country with 37 (25.69%) journals published. Second position is for Spain with 13 (9.039%) journals. Third and fourth positions are for Brazil, United Kingdom and India with 13 (9.03%), 6(4.17) and 6 (4.17%) journals respectively. For the countries like China, Germany and Canada there are 5 (3.47%) journals at their credit. The study shows that out of the 144 journals, 51 journals are having both print and electronic versions, while 93 journals are having only the electronic versions. The study also shows that academic institutions are the major contributors to OA in DOAJ in library science and second position is owned by commercial. The societies contribute about 7 journals. Many R & D organizations and Institutes are contributing to OA journals. Here 15 journals are contributed by other Organizations. The government organizations are contributing 5 journals which are less compared to others.
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What Is Oss?

Open source is a software development model as well as a software distribution model. In this model the source code of programs is made freely available with the software itself so that anyone can see, change, and distribute it provided they abide by the accompanying license. In this sense, Open Source is similar to peer review, which is used to strengthen the progress of scholarly communication. The open source software differs from the closed source or proprietary software which may only be obtained by some form of payment, either by purchase or by leasing. The primary difference between the two is the freedom to modify the software.

An open system is a design philosophy antithetical to solutions designed to be proprietary. The idea behind it is that institutions, such as libraries, are can build a combination of components and deliver services that include several vendors’ offerings. Thus, for instance, a library might use an integrated library system from one of the major vendors in combination with an open source product developed by another library or by itself in order to better meet its internal or users’ requirements.

Key Terms in this Chapter

Bibliometric: Bibliometrics is statistical analysis of written publications, such as books or articles. Bibliometric methods are frequently used in the field of library and information science, including scientometrics.

DOAJ: An online directory that indexes and provides access to quality open access, peer-reviewed journals.

Digital Library: A digital library is a collection of documents in organized electronic form, available on the Internet or on CD-ROM (compact-disk read-only memory) disks.

Authorship Pattern: Authorship is the important bibliometric measures reflecting contemporary communication patterns, productivity and collaboration among the researchers.

Open Access: It means unrestricted online access to peer-reviewed scholarly research. Open access is primarily intended for scholarly journals, but is also provided for a growing number of theses book chapters, and monographs.

E-Journals: An electronic journal is a periodical publication which is published in electronic format, usually on the Internet.

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