The Gold OA Landscape 2011-2014: Medicine

Another in an intermittent series of posts encouraging folks to buy The Gold OA Landscape 2011-2014, in part by noting what’s not in the excerpted Cites & Insights version.

Chapter 10 is Medicine–which probably should be broken into, say, half a dozen subsets, but I don’t know enough to make that breakdown. It’s by far the largest subject, as noted in the excerpted version.

A few items from the book’s coverage:

  • While a majority of articles published in serious gold OA journals in 2013 and 2014 involve APCs, a majority of those in 2011 and 2012 were in no-fee journals.
  • Fee-based articles have more than doubled since 2011.
  • 44% of articles involving APCs appeared in journals within the most expensive segment, $1,960 and up–and the average for articles involving APCs was $1,446 per article ($854 per article overall).
  • There does seem to be a gold rush of APC-charging journals starting in 2007 and peaking in 2009-2010.
  • You can probably guess the two countries publishing the most medicine articles in 2014, but maybe not the order: UK first, US second. Iran is sixth. For the rest of the 22 countries with at least 1,000 articles, see the book.

Much, much more in the book. Worthwhile for your library or if you’re seriously interested in OA. If enough copies sell (no change in the last week), the anonymized spreadsheet will go up on figshare; if enough more copies sell (or some other form of funding comes through), the study will be continued in 2016 for 2015 publications.

And you can buy the book through Amazon (and possibly Ingram), although it counts three times as much toward sales goals if you buy through Lulu.

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