Tips for Living Openly: Publish in Open Access Journals

This is the first of a series of monthly posts about ways that those of us working in libraries can support open access (OA) to research. The first tip is to publish library and information science (LIS) research in OA journals.

Based on an analysis of a list of LIS journals compiled by the Centre for Evidence Based Library and Information Practice, 36% are openly available. While a somewhat low percentage, these 45 publications cover a range of areas of specialization and offer OA supporters places to publish, serve on editorial boards, and provide peer-review. Additional options can be found in the Directory of Open Access Journals.

When selecting a journal, try to find ones that include clear copyright/creative commons licensing information, digital object identifiers, and indexing in databases where you want your work to be discovered.

Additional information about the current state of LIS journals can be found in slides recently presented at the University of Alberta by SCWG member Robyn Hall.