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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.
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