The purpose of this study is to comprehend the different concepts that are closely associated in understanding the open access journal movement. The study aims to demonstrate the methodology of compiling lists of open access journals in an academic library environment. A web‐based service of this kind in select subjects of study (knowledge domains) ensures visibility for open access literature in the scientific community.
The study generates comprehensive lists of open access journals in mathematics and statistics, library and information science and economics. Popular search engines such as Google and Yahoo! are employed to identify open access journals that are available in the above‐mentioned areas. Some open access platforms such as DOAJ, Open J‐gate and EMIS are also identified as popular source for open access journals.
Research findings indicate that there are quite a number of sources that provide access to open access journals, and they are scattered across the internet. The journal home page is the most authentic source for accessing the full‐text articles at any given time. DOAJ and Open J‐gate have been identified as the next two popular platforms from where open access journals can be accessed.
The study signifies the usefulness of a one‐stop platform for accessing open access journals in a specific subject. Since they are free by virtue of being open source, they can be accessed by anyone from any part of the world, irrespective of geographical barriers.
This study acts as a guide for librarians to initiate an easy‐to‐provide web‐based service to users.
Meera, B. and Ummer, R. (2010), "Open access journals: development of a web portal at the Indian Statistical Institute", The Electronic Library, Vol. 28 No. 4, pp. 540-554. https://doi.org/10.1108/02640471011065364Download as .RIS
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