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Library Management

ISSN: 0143-5124
Incorporates: Librarian Career Development

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Subject Area: Library and Information Studies

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Use of open access journals in biomedicine in Greece

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Title:Use of open access journals in biomedicine in Greece
Author(s):Assimina Vlachaki, (Department of Information Studies, Aberystwyth University, Aberystwyth, UK and Library of Health Sciences, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Athens, Greece), Christine Urquhart, (Department of Information Studies, Aberystwyth University, Aberystwyth, UK)
Citation:Assimina Vlachaki, Christine Urquhart, (2010) "Use of open access journals in biomedicine in Greece", Library Management, Vol. 31 Iss: 1/2, pp.19 - 26
Keywords:Greece, Internet, Medical sciences, Publishing
Article type:Research paper
DOI:10.1108/01435121011013368 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Acknowledgements:The paper was originally presented at the International Conference on Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries (QQML 2009) Chania, Crete, Greece: 26-29 May 2009.

Purpose – The purpose of this research project is to explore the impact of open access initiatives on biomedical research scientific publishing and scholarly communication in Greece.

Design/methodology/approach – The paper presents the preliminary findings from a longitudinal study that uses bibliometrics, questionnaire surveys and interviews to examine knowledge, awareness and attitudes towards open access.

Findings – Open access models vary considerably. The bibliometric research indicates that Greek biomedical publication is increasing, but that coverage of Greek medical journals in databases such as MEDLINE is decreasing. The picture is mixed with some evidence of open access journals (published in English) from Greek publishing bases. Awareness of open access among Greek biomedical scientists in date was comparatively low (58 per cent aware, n=70).

Research limitations/implications – Several Greek medical journals are published in English, and it is difficult to track the authorship for Greek researchers publishing in English language journals published elsewhere. Findings are preliminary as this is a longitudinal survey.

Social implications – Open access initiatives may privilege researchers from the English speaking world – or those in low income countries. Researchers from countries not in those categories may face unrecognised disadvantages in making their research visible.

Originality/value – This is the only study of Greek biomedical publishing, and comparisons are being made with similar studies of Spanish biomedical publishing.

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