Scholarly journals in building and civil engineering – the big picture and current impact of open access

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The publishing of scholarly peer reviewed journals has in the past 20 years moved from print to primarily digital publishing, but the subscription-based revenue model is still dominant. This means that the additional benefits of open access to all scholarly articles still remains a vision, despite some progress. A selection of 72 leading journals in building & construction was studied, in order to determine the current status in this subfield of engineering. Of the approximately 9,500 articles published yearly in these, only some 5,5 % are in the 11 full OA journals included, and a couple of % more are paid OA articles in hybrid journal. In most of the OA journals publishing is free for the authors. In terms of OA maturity, the field lags far behind the situation across all sciences, where at least 15 % of articles are in full OA journals. If OA is to become more important in our field, the growth is likely to come from major publishers starting new journals funded by author payments (APCs) or converting existing hybrid journals once they have reached a critical share of paid OA articles.
Original languageEnglish
Peer-reviewed scientific journalJournal of Information Technology in Construction
Pages (from-to)381-388
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 12.2018
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article - refereed


  • 512 Business and Management
  • Scholarly publishing
  • Building and Construction
  • Internet
  • Open access


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