Archambault, É., Amyot, D., Campbell, D., Caruso, J., Deschamps, P., Nicol, A., Provencher, F., Rebout, L., and Roberge, G. (2014).
The ineffectual situation whereby publicly funded research results published in peer reviewed journals continue to sit behind a ‘pay wall’, a situation made worse by continuous increases in the price of scholarly journal subscriptions, has fuelled the popularity of open access (OA) in recent years. In response to what many perceive to be a dysfunctional system, individual researchers, libraries, universities, research funders, and governments have become incentivised to join the campaign for OA. Borne on the back of the digital revolution, the movement towards OA to scholarly knowledge is transforming the global research communication and dissemination system.
Keywords: open access, bibliometrics, scientometrics, scientific production, scientific impact, publication statistics, Europe