Special Issue "Open Access - A Review after 10 Years"


A special issue of Publications (ISSN 2304-6775).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 April 2013)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. John J. Regazzi
Palmer School of Library and Information Science, College of Education, Information and Technology, Long Island University, Brookville, New York 11548, USA
E-Mail: john.regazzi@liu.edu
Interests: electronic information services; scholarly communications; professional workflow solutions; electronic publishing; strategic planning; information economics; the information industry

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Open access, at its core, is about increasing the number of people who can get and use a specific piece of information. The printing press and moveable type represented perhaps the biggest technological and social leap toward an open access ideal that history has seen, leading to widespread literacy. Centuries later, the publishing industry embraced other technological innovations to reduce printing and distribution costs for the sake of increasing the potential audience. Economic interests aside, such an increase in audience is in full accord with open access principles.

Significant progress toward true open access, however, didn’t begin until the early 1960s, when  a select number of scholars first began pushing for easier access to research publications. Perhaps the most notable and truly international declaration for open access took place in the “Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities”. This declaration emerged in 2003 from a conference on open access hosted in Berlin by the Max Planck Society. Organizations that commit to implementing this definition of open access can sign on to the declaration, and as of today thousands of scientific and academic organizations have signed the declaration.

The intention of this Special Issue – Open Access after 10 years -  is to assess,  in plain terms, 1) how the Berlin declaration has changed the face of scholarly publications; 2) the most significant developments and enhancements, beyond the Berlin Declaration, in the last 10 years; and 3) how open access may continue and contribute to scholarly communications in the future.

I look forward to your contributions to this important topic.

Prof. Dr. John J. Regazzi
Guest Editor


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  • open access
  • electronic publishing
  • publishing business models
  • green open access
  • gold open access
  • government regulation of scholarly journals

Published Papers (7 papers)

Publications 2013, 1(3), 113-139; doi:10.3390/publications1030113
Received: 29 August 2013; in revised form: 9 October 2013 / Accepted: 12 October 2013 / Published: 17 October 2013
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Publications 2013, 1(3), 99-112; doi:10.3390/publications1030099
Received: 18 August 2013; in revised form: 30 September 2013 / Accepted: 1 October 2013 / Published: 14 October 2013
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Publications 2013, 1(2), 56-77; doi:10.3390/publications1020056
Received: 6 May 2013; in revised form: 2 July 2013 / Accepted: 10 July 2013 / Published: 19 July 2013
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Publications 2013, 1(2), 49-55; doi:10.3390/publications1020049
Received: 12 April 2013; in revised form: 7 June 2013 / Accepted: 19 June 2013 / Published: 26 June 2013
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Publications 2013, 1(1), 27-48; doi:10.3390/publications1010027
Received: 2 May 2013; in revised form: 7 June 2013 / Accepted: 9 June 2013 / Published: 18 June 2013
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Publications 2013, 1(1), 16-26; doi:10.3390/publications1010016
Received: 12 April 2013; in revised form: 27 April 2013 / Accepted: 27 April 2013 / Published: 6 May 2013
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Publications 2013, 1(1), 5-15; doi:10.3390/publications1010005
Received: 30 January 2013; in revised form: 4 April 2013 / Accepted: 7 April 2013 / Published: 12 April 2013
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Last update: 26 November 2012

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