Oriental Institute

Thinking About Open Access Archaeological Publishing

I spent much of the Day of Archaeology in closed windowless rooms discussing more or less weighty matters with other librarians.  Mercifully we manage to make some progress on some pressing issues.

In between such things I have been thinking about the effect that open access publishing has on disciplines like archaeology and ancient near Eastern Studies and Classics and Mediterranean Archaeology. The master List of Open Access Journals in Ancient Studies I’ve been compiling since 2009  on The Ancient World Online now includes includes 1188 titles, and has increased by 238 titles in the past year.  That’s a big corpus.  All three of the institutions I’ve been affiliated with over the past three decades have made major commitments to open access publishing:  the Oriental Institute, the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World.

Are scholars reading and citing open access journals?  Are scholars seeking out open access publication venues?  Are scholars taking advantage of  the emerging idea of data journals?  Is it significant that more than 4500 souls have subscribed to the Ancient World Online daily email update?  Is it significant that most open access publications never makes it into library discovery tools?  What will be the effect of this summer’s  enormously successful Linked Ancient World Data Institute be by the time the second one rolls around in a year?  Are people using the Ancient World Linked Data JavaScript Library?

It’s now two hot days later and these and other questions are still knocking around my mind.