#OAWeek19: Reviewing the literature on Open Access policies, citations, and scientific behaviors.

To celebrate Open Access Week this year, we have pulled together peer-reviewed research published in PeerJ journals about topics related to this year’s theme: equity in open knowledge. We are encouraged to see the many different events taking place this week on a range of topics and we are proud at PeerJ to continue working to improve the availability and quality of scientific research.

Below we highlight peer-reviewed research to progress and develop our understanding of the key issues still facing Open Access in practice.


Citations and availability of Open Access journals:

Evolution of the scholarly mega-journal, 2006–2017 by Björk B. (2018).

The state of OA: a large-scale analysis of the prevalence and impact of Open Access articles by Piwowar H, Priem J, Larivière V, Alperin JP, Matthias L, Norlander B, Farley A, West J, Haustein S. (2018).

Achieving human and machine accessibility of cited data in scholarly publications by Starr J, Castro E, Crosas M, Dumontier M, Downs RR, Duerr R, Haak LL, Haendel M, Herman I, Hodson S, Hourclé J, Kratz JE, Lin J, Nielsen LH, Nurnberger A, Proell S, Rauber A, Sacchi S, Smith A, Taylor M, Clark T. (2015).

Growth of hybrid open access, 2009–2016 by Björk B. (2017).

A longitudinal study of independent scholar-published open access journals by Björk B, Shen C, Laakso M. (2016).

Data reuse and the open data citation advantage by Piwowar HA, Vision TJ. (2013).


Open access policies, costs, and institutional approaches to Open Access:

Authorial and institutional stratification in open access publishing: the case of global health research by Siler K, Haustein S, Smith E, Larivière V, Alperin JP. (2018).

Estimated effects of implementing an open access policy for grantees at a private foundation by Strasser C, Khare E. (2017).

A study of institutional spending on open access publication fees in Germany by Jahn N, Tullney M. (2016).

Article processing charges for open access publication—the situation for research intensive universities in the USA and Canada by Solomon D, Björk B. (2016).


Replication, methods, and rigor in scientific publications:

Rate and success of study replication in ecology and evolution by Kelly CD. (2019).

Reproducible and reusable research: are journal data sharing policies meeting the mark? by Vasilevsky NA, Minnier J, Haendel MA, Champieux RE. (2017).

A survey of authors publishing in four megajournals by Solomon DJ. (2014).

Crowdsourcing in medical research: concepts and applications by Tucker JD, Day S, Tang W, Bayus B. (2019).