Current status of OA APC journals sampled 2010 – 2014

Analysis of the current status of journals sampled in 2010 (by Solomon & Björk) and/or by the SKC team in 2013 or 2014. In brief: the attrition rate for journals previously sampled is quite low, with 2% of the 1,559 titles previously sampled either apparently or actually no longer publishing. Most of the journals no longer active (34 of the 37), not surprisingly, are from the 2010 sampling. The vast majority of journals found to have APCs or APPCs (article page processing charges), over 90%, clearly had APCs in 2015. A noticeable number of journals previously identified as having publication charges either do not have publication charges, or cannot be confirmed as having publication charges today. The following chart and table provide additional detail. For more detail and documentation on how this data is calculated, see the open access article processing charges dataverse – under the Open access article processing charges longitudinal study 2015 preliminary dataset the data file is called DataSet – Main v.12 current status of previously sampled journals.csv and the accompanying documentation PDF file is called OA APC study 2015 current status journals samples 2010 – 2014 documentation .pdf

current status of journals sampled 2010 - 2014


Current status of preliminary sample journals (sampled in 2010, 2013, or 2014)
Category Total (numeric) Total (percentage) * 2010 numeric 2010 percentage
Confirmed publication charges 1,425 91% 828 95%
Confirmed no publication fees 51 3% 1 0%
Title no longer published 37 2% 34 4%
No cost found 35 2% 7 1%
Other 11 1% 4 0%
Total 1,559 100% 874 100%
* Note total adds up to 99%, not 100% due to rounding error


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