Study of Open Access Publishing in Social Sciences and its Implications for Libraries

  • Prabhash Narayana Rath Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics, Pune-411 004, Maharashtra
Keywords: Social sciences, open access publishing, open access movement


The Open Access Movement (OAM), which started as a gradual realisation by authors mainly in biomedical sciences to make available results of public-funded research projects to the public without much barrier pertaining to cost, permission, copyright obligations, etc., gradually gained momentum across the world and India was no exception to it. Though the movement was confined mainly to science, technology and medical fields in India, since last few years, a number of open access repositories and open access journals in Social Science subjects have started appearing. The present study which is confined to the open access Social Science journals published from India as mentioned in the Directory of Open Access Journals, identified 60 open access Social Sciences journals in India. The study also analysed the journals on the basis of certain parameters as to trend of open access journals in Social Sciences, and was found that most of open access journals in Social Sciences appeared between 2009 and 2014 and about half of the journals charge authors for publishing their papers in the journals and only a few are published under Creative Commons Attribution. Lastly, the paper discusses about implications of open access publishing on Social Science research libraries made few suggestions towards encouraging open access publishing in Social Science subjects in India.

How to Cite
Rath, P. (2015). Study of Open Access Publishing in Social Sciences and its Implications for Libraries. DESIDOC Journal of Library & Information Technology, 35(3).
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