Use of Open Access Publishing by Researchers an Analysis of Open Access Availability of Research Literature in the field of Digital Library

  • Mohammad Nazim Department of Library & Information Science, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh - 202 001, India
  • Sana Zia Department of Library & Information Science Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh- 202 001, India
Keywords: Open access scholarly communication, Digital library, Self-archiving, Gold OA, Green OA

Abstract

This paper aims to examine the availability of Open Access (OA) research literature in the field of digital library. In order to analyse the availability of OA research literature in the field of digital library, a search was conducted on Web of Science’s Core collection database on June 11, 2019. In response to a topic search TS = “Digital Library” using the advanced search option, 849 articles were retrieved. Of the 849 articles examined, the details of 26 articles were not found in the Google Scholar. Therefore, 823 articles were selected for further analyses. After examining the Websites of OA articles, they were classified into three categories: gold OA, green OA, and both gold and green OA. Furthermore, all the green OA articles were systematically organised into six groups for the examination of the self-archiving venues used by the researchers for self-archiving. Out of 823 articles analysed, OA versions were found for 64.76 per cent of articles. This study found that 26.68 per cent of OA articles were available through gold OA and 60.39 per cent articles were available through green OA, while 36.53 per cent articles were accessible via both OA journals and self-archiving (gold & green OA). Although researchers used various OA platforms for self-archiving of their research work, publishers’ Websites were found as the most preferred choice for self-archiving of research work by the authors in the field of digital library. Computer Science discipline has the highest share of OA copies available through self-archiving. However, it is important to point out that more than 78 per cent of self-archived articles were found as the final publisher’s PDF versions of the article which publishers never allow for self-archiving.

Author Biographies

Mohammad Nazim, Department of Library & Information Science, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh - 202 001, India

Dr Mohammad Nazim is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Library and Information Science, Aligarh Muslim University (AMU). He holds a Ph.D. in Library and Information Science from Banaras Hindu University (BHU) and a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from AMU. He is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Information. His research interests include open access to scholarly communication, knowledge management, bibliometrics/Scientometrics and information storage and retrieval.

Sana Zia, Department of Library & Information Science Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh- 202 001, India

Ms Sana Zia is a PhD student in the Department of Library and Information Science, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh. She obtained Master degrees Library & Information Science from Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh. Her research interest includes open-access scholarly communication.

Published
2020-02-17
How to Cite
Nazim, M., & Zia, S. (2020). Use of Open Access Publishing by Researchers an Analysis of Open Access Availability of Research Literature in the field of Digital Library. DESIDOC Journal of Library & Information Technology, 40(01), 366-373. https://doi.org/10.14429/djlit.40.01.15045
Section
Research Paper