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The persistence of open access electronic journals

Elizabeth A. Lightfoot (University Libraries, Florida International University, Miami, Florida, USA)

New Library World

ISSN: 0307-4803

Article publication date: 14 November 2016




Open access (OA) electronic journals have been identified as potentially at risk of loss without more coordinated preservation efforts. The purpose of this paper is to test the current availability of OA electronic journals indexed in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ).


Using publicly available journal metadata downloaded from DOAJ, individual journal URLs were tested for validity and accessibility using a Microsoft Excel Visual Basic for Applications macro.


Initial results showed 69.51 per cent of the URLs tested returned a successful HTTP status code. The remainder of the URLs returned codes that indicated redirection or errors.


Unlike past studies of link decay, this is not limited to cited references or a specific discipline. This study uses the full DOAJ metadata to analyze the persistence of OA electronic journals.



Lightfoot, E.A. (2016), "The persistence of open access electronic journals", New Library World, Vol. 117 No. 11/12, pp. 746-755.



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