Closure of the Observatory of High-Impact Open-Access Journals
With the Open-Access initiatives of Budapest (2002), Bethesda (2003) and Berlin (2003) the model of scientific output marked a turning point. Some years later, open-access publication became as a prerequisite for disseminating the results of publicly-funded research, as evidence began to appear that articles published in open-access achieve a major impact and high visibility.
For this reason, the UOC Library wanted to support its researchers in the process of identifying the most appropriate place to publish their research. The project was also open to the entire university and research community. The tool provided an annual overview of the open-access journals present in the two main international indexes that evaluate the quality of scientific journals: the Journal Citation Report (Web of Science) and the SCImago Journal Rank (Scopus).
In 2014, the first edition of the Observatori de Revistes d'Accés Obert amb Impacte (Observatory of High-Impact Open-Access Journals) appeared, and was followed by two further editions. The third and final edition of the Observatory was published in 2016.
Dr Mari Vállez has been in charge of the Observatory since its creation. Vállez has a degree in Hispanic Language and Literature from the University of Barcelona (UB) and in Documentation from the UOC, and a doctoral degree in Social Communication from Pompeu Fabra University (UPF), a subject she teaches as an adjunct professor. She has worked at the UOC since 2000, and is currently part of the Library Services for Research team.
The UOC Library was committed to the project from the outset, and it was warmly welcomed by the academic community. However, in the last year, the panorama has changed: the latest versions of the Journal Citation Report and SCImago Journal Rank platforms now include this information. Specifically, they allow filters to be applied to search only open-access journals. Consequently, the added value offered by the UOC proposal has now been covered. Considering this to be the continuation of the Observatory, we feel that this project has come to an end.
The UOC Library is delighted to have contributed to increasing the visibility of open-access scientific output throughout these years. With the Observatory no longer in existence, we will continue to promote the open-access movement in new initiatives to serve the university and research community.