Open Access at Oxford Brookes since 2010 in graphs

Dan Croft

[5 minute read]

[Disclaimer: this blog post takes a fairly liberal approach to throwing different data together in the same graph.]

If we combine the number of publications with an Oxford Brookes affiliation that were published as Gold Open Access (source: Web of Science) with the number of accepted manuscripts held in Oxford Brookes’ institutional repository (source: RADAR) then we can see that the number of Oxford Brookes publications following either the Gold or Green route to Open Access has been increasing steadily since 2010 (with another two months of 2021 to go).

We can also show this same information in a different type of graph to clearly illustrate that the route to Open Access has, over the last five years, gradually changed from predominately Green to a fairly close mix between Green and Gold (with Gold even having taken the lead in what we’ve had of 2021 so far).

A large part of that change is likely attributable to the ‘read & publish’ agreements that Oxford Brookes Library has signed with major publishers (which provide ‘free’ Gold Open Access publishing for Oxford Brookes authors) that since 2020 have been responsible for over 100 articles being made Gold Open Access that otherwise would almost certainly have been Green Open Access.

If we now compare the Open Access publications to the non-Open Access publications (i.e. publications only accessible to readers when they pay a subscription fee or one-off fee) then we can see that the proportion of Oxford Brookes publications that are Open Access has been steadily increasing to a very impressive (though not perfect) 84% in the current, but not yet finished, calendar year.

So we can clearly see that Oxford Brookes has, over the past 10 years, dramatically changed from publishing in the subscription/fee-only model to publishing in the Open Access model, and with Gold seemingly on course to take over as the dominant Open Access model.

And we can bring this blog post to a close by showing that the ‘highly cited’ publications of Oxford Brookes (source: Web of Science) are increasingly likely to have been published Open Access (through either the Green or Gold routes). This is broadly in line with what we’d expect with an increasing proportion of Oxford Brookes publications being Open Access, but it is notable that in several calendar years (2015, 2017, and 2018) the Open Access model was responsible for 100% of ‘highly cited’ publications from Oxford Brookes authors.

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