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Emerging Web 2.0 applications in open access scholarly journals in the field of agriculture and food sciences

Sumeer Gul (Department of Library and Information Science, University of Kashmir, Srinagar, India)
Tariq Ahmad Shah (Department of Library and Information Science, University of Kashmir, Srinagar, India)
Nahida Tun Nisa (Department of Botany, Government College for Women, Srinagar, India)

Library Review

ISSN: 0024-2535

Article publication date: 28 October 2014

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Abstract

Purpose

The study aims to focus on the application of Web 2.0 tools in Agriculture and Food Sciences open access journals. The changing trends in scholarly publishing processes have revolutionised the academic world. The shifting of academic journals to open access mode has been on the rise because of the numerous benefits associated with it. The high level of profitability reaped from open access titles has forced them to experiment with new and innovative technologies, including Web 2.0. The new shift in the form of Web 2.0 has sifted in to the open access journal world. Open access journals in the field of Agriculture and Food Sciences are growing and so are the features and functionalities within them. Because of these new innovative tools there is an urgent need to focus on their adoption.

Design/methodology/approach

Directory of Open Access Journals, being one of the growing open access journal directories, was selected for the purpose of data gathering. The journals selected for the study included those titles which were currently active.

Findings

The open access journal landscape in the field of Agriculture and Food Sciences is influenced by the Web 2.0 revolution. The degree of experimenting with Web 2.0 in open access journals in Agriculture and Food Sciences is evident and can prove an excellent platform for the dissemination of agricultural information in a more advanced mode.

Researchlimitations/implications

The study will be helpful for journal administrators who belong to the field of Agriculture and Food Sciences to know the actual status of Web 2.0 adoption by the journals in their field. The study can also be helpful for journal administrators for the adoption of Web 2.0 tools to achieve a better, more innovative and interactive scholarly platform. It will also enable us to know how the new pioneering technology – Web 2.0 – can help to explore new innovative ways of managing information in the scholarly world in general and the Agriculture and Food Sciences discipline in particular.

Originality/value

The study can be extended to harness the effects of Web 2.0 on the research activities of the scholars associated with various disciplines of Agriculture and Food Sciences. How Agricultural scientists make use of Web 2.0 for sharing and exchange of information for their academic development can also be researched. The impact of Web 2.0 tools on the citation counts of open access journals can also be studied.

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Citation

Gul, S., Ahmad Shah, T. and Tun Nisa, N. (2014), "Emerging Web 2.0 applications in open access scholarly journals in the field of agriculture and food sciences", Library Review, Vol. 63 No. 8/9, pp. 670-683. https://doi.org/10.1108/LR-05-2013-0060

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