Is it worth to establishing institutional repositories? The strategies for Open Access to Spanish peer-reviewed articles.

Rodríguez, Nerea and Amat, Carlos B. Is it worth to establishing institutional repositories? The strategies for Open Access to Spanish peer-reviewed articles. Learned Publishing, 2010. (In Press) [Journal article (Paginated)]


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We examine open access to the Spanish scientific literature through investigation of a sample of peer reviewed articles in seven subject categories. Of the 28,259 papers published in 2000, 26.89 % were freely accessible with the share varying among disciplines. Articles in the Social and Behavioral Sciences were the most available for free. This disciplinary divide applies also to the strategies used to offer open access to documents. In Clinical Medicine, Life Sciences, Arts and Humanities and Social Sciences open access was mainly based on the publishers side while subject based repositories were dominant in Physical, Chemical and Earth Sciences and deposit in home pages was the preferred strategy in Engineering, Computing and Technology. Institutional and general repositories seem to play a minor role in providing free access to the Spanish peer reviewed literature. Papers published in commercial journals are less accessible than those that appear in non-commercial journals and we found overlaps in almost 20% of papers deposited. The fastest way to gain open access is to deposit in subject based repositories and the longest delays are related to deposits in home pages and specially to institutional repositories. Open access to Spanish peer reviewed articles is dominated by the passive mechanism of the gold road and the editorial strategy with self archiving practices in the minority and directed mainly towards subject based repositories and home page posting of the papers. The resulting figures of this study could serve as a reference starting point in further study on the evolution of open access to the peer reviewed literature of Spain.

Item type: Journal article (Paginated)
Keywords: Repositories; Open Access; Peer-reviewed articles; Spain, España, Acceso abierto, Repositorios
Subjects: H. Information sources, supports, channels. > HS. Repositories.
B. Information use and sociology of information
H. Information sources, supports, channels.
Depositing user: Biblioteca Ingenio
Date deposited: 02 Feb 2010
Last modified: 02 Oct 2014 12:16


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