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Economics and quality estimation of open access journals

Author(s): Francke, Helena

Journal: Svensk Biblioteksforskning
ISSN 0284-4354

Volume: 15;
Issue: 1;
Date: 2005;
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Keywords: scholarly publishing | Open Access | electronic journals | economics of information | scientometrics | Journal Impact Factor

In university libraries and the scholarly community, there is growing concern with the high costs of scholarly journal publishing and a rising movement in favour of Open Access publishing. There are many factors that will influence the success of non-profit and Open Access journals; economic power, economic survival, political values, and status changes are only a few of these. This article provides a critical introduction to two of these areas – economic survival and status – in order to illustrate two important factors of Open Access survival. In particular focus is the idea of the value of information and the Journal Impact Factor (JIF) as a potential measurement of journal quality. It is argued that an institutional approach may add a broader perspective that may serve to contextualise both these ideas.
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