The size distribution of open access publishers: A problem for open access?

Jan Erik Frantsvåg

Abstract


I stumbled across the question of publisher size while preparing for an earlier article. From the viewpoint of an economist, the size distribution of Open Access publishers looked inefficient. In this article I first explore reasons to be sceptical to a situation with a large number of small publishers. Then I go through the numbers from the Directory of Open Access Journals, also discussing problems inherent in the material. The results are then compared to similar data about Toll Access publishing. A conclusion is that, even though numbers may lack in exactitude, there seems to be a need for institutions to look at how they organize their publishing activities.

Keywords


open access; open access publishing; economics; publisher size distribution

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5210/fm.v15i12.3208



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