As uncanny — to some — as it may seem, the scholarly publishing world will soon be entering its third decade of cohabitation with the Open Access movement. The Budapest OA Initiative dates from February 2002. And a year from now, in October 2023, the milestone of 20 years since the issuance of the Berlin Declaration will be reached. We’ve all of us — authors, publishers, readers and others —learned to live within what might reasonably be described as a modest little revolution in publishing.

On a personal note, and IIRC, not long after reading about the Berlin Declaration, I prepared a report for my management about ‘this new OA thing.’ I estimated, conservatively, that at 5% of total published articles, OA would become a significant feature of the scientific and scholarly publishing landscape. And, speculating wildly, I thought that, should ever it reach 10% or above, that fact would have a palpable revenue impact on publishers. According to a conservative estimate, we’re up to around 30% these days* such that I feel pretty good about those old crystal-ball guesses.

* Such estimates vary by what you count, and how you count. So, see also the higher estimate at: “The effect of data sources on the measurement of open access” (PLOS One, 2022)

Below, I’ve highlighted a few recent articles about OA which have caught my attention; and I’ve updated my list of must-read OA resources.

Articles indicating trends in OA:

Go-to resources for staying current on OA topics and developments:

Related or affiliated initiatives:



Author: Dave Davis

Dave Davis joined CCC in 1994 and currently serves as a research consultant. He previously held directorships in both public and corporate libraries and earned joint master’s degrees in Library and Information Sciences and Medieval European History from Catholic University of America. He is the owner/operator of Pyegar Press, LLC.
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