Librarian, Heal Thyself: A Scholarly Communication Analysis of LIS Journalsby Micah Vandegrift and Chealsye Bowley “presents an analysis of 111 Library and Information Science journals based on measurements of “openness” including copyright policies, open access self-archiving policies and open access publishing options.” Vandegrift and Bowley come from a pro open access perspective that draws sympathy and agreement from many librarians. They do a thorough job of analyzing the data they collect and “propose a new metric to rank journals, the J.O.I. Factor (Journal Openness Index), based on measures of openness rather than perceived rank or citation impact.
Their findings show that the LIS literature is less “Open” than the authors would like and they use the article to call on a more activist approach from librarians in practicing what they preach about open access “on the production side of scholarship, as editors, authors, bloggers.”
This revealing article provides a lot of food for thought with its solid research and novel method of ranking journals.
But more than that it exposes a disconnect between the principles and standards exposed by many in the profession and actual practice.