A Year of Change in Open Access Publishing

By IGI Global Open Access Division on Dec 20, 2021
With the uncertainty that 2020 brought, no one was quite sure what to expect in 2021. As people all over the globe continued their teaching, learning, and research endeavors remotely, the need for greater content accessibility reached a critical point and publishers needed to adjust accordingly. With the leap into 2021, IGI Global embarked on a journey to increase its open access (OA) publishing presence to ensure greater content accessibility for all.
Benefits of Publishing Open Access with IGI Global
  • Affordable APCs (much lower than the industry average)
  • Rigorous & Expediate Publishing
  • Networking & Collaboration
  • Acceleration of Citation Impact
  • Increased Discoverability
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On January 1st, 2021, IGI Global converted 30 of its hybrid OA/subscription-based journals to gold OA and also converted one hybrid OA/subscription-based journal, the International Journal of Translation, Interpretation, and Applied Linguistics (IJTIAL), to platinum OA thanks to OA funding from Shandong University (Weihai), China. Additionally, IGI Global launched a brand-new gold OA journal, the Journal of Technological Advancements (JTA).
citation rates increase Over the past year, through collaborative effort between IGI Global’s staff, editors, review board members, and authors, this transition to full OA publishing led to many fruitful results, as several of these journals are now seeing substantial increases to their usage and citation rates. For instance, the Journal of Organizational and End User Computing (JOEUC), edited by Dr. Sang-Bing Tsai (University of Electronic Science and Technology of China Zhongshan Institute, China and Research Center for Environment and Sustainable Development, Civil Aviation University of China, China), is one such example as it has benefitted from an impact factor increase from 1.882 in 2020 to 4.349 in 2021, with a strong growth trajectory anticipated in the 2022 volume year.
With a blend of nearly 2,000 OA journal articles, book chapters, and teaching cases already published, we are now looking forward to 2022 as we plan to convert 30 more hybrid OA/subscription-based journals to gold OA on January 1st, 2022 (find the full list here) and we will celebrate the inauguration of two brand-new gold OA journals, the International Journal of Imaging and Sensing Technologies and Applications (IJISTA), edited by Dr. Hang Li (Shenyang Normal University) and Dr. Asif Ali Laghari (Sindh Madressatul Islam University) and the International Journal of Blockchain Applications and Secure Computing (IJBASC), edited by Dr. Weizhi Meng (Technical University of Denmark, Denmark).
As the industry continues to shift from traditional publishing models to OA, it’s important to examine the numerous benefits of OA publishing, including:
  • An 89% increase in citation impact and download rates, which leads to increased indexing potential
  • Expedited and quality-centric publishing process (once papers are accepted, they are moved through to the production environment and available online in as little as 1-2 weeks).
  • Higher discoverability and recognition, reaching wider professional communities and leading to opportunities for networking and collaboration
  • Supports overall career advancement for researchers
  • Freely accessible content to all within the research community
And OA publishing is not just limited to our journals, as interest in OA book chapter and full book publishing is also on the rise. IGI Global offers OA publishing for book chapters and full books as well, and we are set to release our first OA book publication, Global View of Open Access and Scholarly Communications, edited by Dr. Daniel Gelaw Alemneh from the University of North Texas, USA, in the Spring of 2022, with many more soon to follow.
In the new year, all of our contributors will observe that IGI Global is committed to making OA publishing as attainable and seamless as possible and we will be working to provide resources for authors seeking funding for OA publishing, which includes IGI Global’s Open Access Fee Waiver (Read & Publish) Initiative. Last year, more than 100 researchers were able to benefit from APC waivers as a result of this initiative. IGI Global also is expanding its presence through aggregation in a number of internationally-recognized OA repositories.
Open Access Fee Waiver Initiative
The takeaway with the expansion of OA is that there is interest and yet some hesitation. As with anything newly introduced, there are skeptics who have several questions, or simply do not yet fully understand how this new “thing” works. IGI Global provides countless resources for those who are unfamiliar with the OA processes as well as many newsroom pieces that provide useful materials for such things as OA funding, indexing, publishing processes and more. In the year ahead, we are committed to continuing to provide as much information as possible regarding this movement.
In the last few weeks of the year, IGI Global looks back on all its OA changes, accomplishments, and the exciting new directions that are in store for 2022.
As always we encourage those with questions or inquiries to directly contact our Open Access Division for clarity at openaccessadmin@igi-global.com.
For more OA information, please visit IGI Global’s Open Access Publishing page.
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