As further evidence of the Dramatic Growth of Open Access, here is an update on some of the figures presented in my peer-reviewed preprint, written early February 2005. In brief, there continues to be a dramatic increase in the numbers of fully open access, peer reviewed journals, articles in repositories and repositories per se as illustrated by OAIster numbers, and free articles in back issues of journals, as shown by the Highwire Free program.
Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
Early February 2005:
August 19, 2005:
Note: journals are listed in DOAJ after they are discovered, and found to meet stringent criteria for open access and peer review. It is highly likely that DOAJ numbers underestimate the true number of open access journals, particularly independent start-ups.
Free back issues from Highwire Press: not open access, but definitely related:
This post reflects my personal opinion only and does not represent the opinions or policy of the BC Electronic Library Network or the Simon Fraser University Library.