[Duraspace] The presence of High-impact factor Open Access Journals in Science, Technology, Engineering and Medicine (STEM) disciplines | Barbaro | JLIS.it

Hilton Gibson hilton.gibson at gmail.com
Tue Sep 15 18:18:41 SAST 2015

*The present study means to establish to what extent high-quality open
access journals are available as an outlet for publication*, by examining
their distribution in different scientific disciplines, including the
distribution of those journals without article processing charges. The
study is based on a systematic comparison between the journals included in
the DOAJ, and the journals indexed in the Journal Citation Reports (JCR)
Science edition 2013, released by Thomson Reuters. The impact factor of
Open Access (OA) journals was lower than those of other journals by a small
but statistically significant amount. Open access journals are present in
the upper quartile (by impact factor) of 85 out of 176 (48.8%) categories
examined. There were no OA journals with an Impact Factor in only 16
categories (9%).

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