A inevitablidade das publicações de livre acesso (Open Access)

quarta-feira, outubro 05, 2011

The Inevitability of Open Access

David W. Lewis

Author Affiliations

Dean of the IUPUI University Library, University Library, 755 West Michigan Street, Indianapolis, IN 46260,
dlewis@iupui.edu, 317-274-0493 317-278-2300 fax


Open access (OA) is an alternative business model for the publication of scholarly journals. It makes articles freely available to readers on the Internet and covers the costs associated with publication through means other than subscriptions. This article argues that Gold OA, where all of the articles of a journal are available at the time of publication, is a disruptive innovation as defined by business theorist Clayton Christensen. Using methods described by Christensen we can predict the growth of Gold OA. This analysis suggests that Gold OA could account for 50% of the scholarly journal articles sometime between 2017 and 2021, and 90% of articles as soon as 2020 and more conservatively by 2025.

Accepted September 11, 2011.

© 2010 David W. Lewis