Cenyu Shen
Publications 2017;5:22

Communication. Mass media | Information resources

The research literature on open access (OA) publishing has mainly dealt with journals publishing in English, and studies focusing on OA journals in other languages are less common. This article addresses this gap via a case study focusing on Chinese-language OA journals. It starts with the identification of the major characteristics of this market, followed by eight semi-structured interviews to explore the key motivations behind Chinese-language OA publishing and perceived barriers. The majority of Chinese OA journals are published in Chinese, and most of them are published by universities and scholarly societies. Nearly 80% of journals were launched before the digital age and were converted to OA later. The subject distribution is highly skewed towards the science, technology, engineering and medicine (STEM) fields. Publishers are motivated to convert journals to OA by an expected increase in academic impact, which would also attract more submissions. The lack of a sufficient number of high-quality submissions is perceived as the largest barrier to the successful publishing of journals. The financial instability of journals is identified as the main obstacle hindering internationalisation. The central conclusions of the study are that Chinese-language OA journals need to increase their visibility in journal indexes such as the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), and that an OA publishing platform (similar to the Latin American SciELO) should be established for Chinese-language OA journals.

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Numeracy and Evaluating Quality in Open Access Journals
Numeracy 2016 (https://doi.org/10.5038/1936-4660.9.2.1)
Evaluating quality for open access (OA) journals has long presented a challenge, complicated by the misperception that OA journals offer a lesser quality than subscription journals. OA journals, however, have a wide variety of publishing models, some...

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Quality open access publishing and registration to Directory of Open Access Journals
Science Editing 2017 (https://doi.org/10.6087/kcse.82)
With the fast development of open access publishing worldwide, Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) as a community-curated online directory that indexes and provides access to high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals, has been recognized...

Open access full-text databases in Asian countries
Science Editing 2018 (https://doi.org/10.6087/kcse.114)
Open access promotion methods are generally divided into the ‘gold road’ and the ‘green road.’ Asian countries most commonly focus on the gold road while others focus on the green road. According to data from the Directory of Open Access Journal and ...

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The state of OA: a large-scale analysis of the prevalence and impact of Open Access articles
PeerJ 2018 (https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.4375)
Despite growing interest in Open Access (OA) to scholarly literature, there is an unmet need for large-scale, up-to-date, and reproducible studies assessing the prevalence and characteristics of OA. We address this need using oaDOI, an open online se...

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Peer Review Quality and Transparency of the Peer-Review Process in Open Access and Subscription Journals.
PLoS ONE 2016 (https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0147913)
Recent controversies highlighting substandard peer review in Open Access (OA) and traditional (subscription) journals have increased the need for authors, funders, publishers, and institutions to assure quality of peer-review in academic journals. I ...

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Onward to 2016
Journal of Circulating Biomarkers 2016 (https://doi.org/10.5772/62278)
As we embrace for another exciting year (2016), we are thrilled to announce JCB has been indexed in the DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals) (https://doaj.org/toc/ 1849-4544)! This was attributable to the number of quality published original rese...

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A Qualitative Analysis of Journal of ETA Maritime Science (JEMS) and Its Management Process
Journal of ETA Maritime Science 2016 (https://doi.org/10.5505/jems.2016.87487)
This article is dealing with a brief qualitative analysis of articles published between the years 2013-2016 in the Journal of ETA Maritime Science (whose owner is UCTEA, The Chamber of Marine Engineers), which has been indexed by the ULAKBIM TR Dizin...

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LIS Practitioner-focused Research Trends Toward Open Access Journals, Academic-focused Research Toward Traditional Journals
Evidence Based Library and Information Practice 2018 (https://doi.org/10.18438/eblip29377)
A Review of: Chang, Y-W. (2017). Comparative study of characteristics of authors between open access and non-open access journals in library and information science. Library & Information Science Research, 39(1), 8-15. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j....

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PaLRaP Earns the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) Seal of Approval
Pennsylvania Libraries: Research & Practice 2016 (https://doi.org/10.5195/palrap.2016.126)
In early 2016 PaLRaP was added to the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) and received the DOAJ Seal of Approval....

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