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A Local and Multi-Institutional Study of Open Access Engineering Publishing

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

Publication Date

June 14, 2015

Start Date

June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015





Conference Session

Delivering Value in Publishing and Scholarship

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Engineering Libraries

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26.62.1 - 26.62.14



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David E Hubbard Texas A&M University Orcid 16x16

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David E. Hubbard is an Assistant Professor and Science & Engineering Librarian at Texas A&M University Libraries. He received his master’s in library science from the University of Missouri-Columbia (2003) and bachelor's in chemistry from the University of Missouri-St. Louis (1988). More recently, he completed a master’s in geographic information science from Northwest Missouri State University (2012). Prior to joining Texas A&M University, he served as the subject liaison to several science and engineering departments at both Texas Tech University and Missouri University of Science & Technology.

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Open Access Engineering Journal PublishingThe scholarly publishing landscape is shifting. The emergence of open access, content that isonline and freely accessible, is challenging the traditional subscription publishing model. It isestimated that global open access journal publishing is now 12% overall. This study examinesopen access journal publishing within engineering to quantify and identify sources. Anunderstanding of current open access publishing within engineering can support scholarlycommunication initiatives and outreach efforts (e.g., finding faculty champions, promotion ofspecific venues, and determining financial funding levels). Using Web of Science, journalarticles within the 14 engineering Web of Science Categories were identified. The articles werecategorized based on open access, subject, author affiliation, and source title. Approximately 4%of the engineering journal articles within those 14 categories are open access, but limiting toinclude at least one U.S. author or coauthor decreased the number of open access articles to 1%.Comparisons were made between overall open access journal article publishing at the top 25 U.Sengineering schools and the percentage of open access engineering journal articles at thoseinstitutions. Despite overall open access publishing at the top 25 U.S. engineering schoolsapproaching the overall global open access journal publishing level (approximately 8%), openaccess engineering journal publishing is considerably less. A list of the most frequent openaccess engineering journal venues for the engineering schools is presented. The paper concludeswith a local study involving open access journal publishing within three engineering departmentsat a large research university, which reveals several interesting open access publishing patterns.

Hubbard, D. E. (2015, June), A Local and Multi-Institutional Study of Open Access Engineering Publishing Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.23403

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