Journal copyright restrictions and actual open access availability - a study of articles published in eight top information systems journals (2010-2014)

Mikael Laakso, Juho Lindman

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Abstract

Most scholarly journals have explicit copyright restrictions for authors outlining how published articles, or earlier manuscript versions of such articles, may be distributed on the open web. Empirical research on the development of open access (OA) is still scarce and methodologically fragmented, and research on the relationship between journal copyright restrictions and actual free online availability is non-existent. In this study the free availability of articles published in eight top journals within the field of Information Systems (IS) is analyzed by observing the availability of all articles published in the journals during 2010-2014 (1515 articles in total) through the use of Google and Google Scholar. The web locations and document versions of retrieved articles for up to three OA copies per published article were categorized manually. The web findings were contrasted to journal copyright information and augmented with citation data for each article. Around 60% of all published articles were found to have an OA copy available. The findings suggest that copyright restrictions weakly regulate actual author-side dissemination practice. The use of academic social networks (ASNs) for enabling online availability of research publications has grown increasingly popular, an avenue of research dissemination that most of the studied journal copyright agreements failed to explicitly accommodate.
Original languageEnglish
Peer-reviewed scientific journalScientometrics : an international journal for all quantitative aspects of the science of science, communication in science and science policy
Volume109
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)1167–1189
Number of pages23
ISSN0138-9130
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article - refereed

Keywords

  • 512 Business and Management
  • Open access
  • Copyright
  • Information systems
  • Academic social networks
  • 113 Computer and information sciences

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