Open Access is an integral part of the journey to a more collaborative research environment and continues to grow in importance across a variety of communities, including publishers, funders, librarians and of course the academic research community. Open Access, in combination with Open Data, has quickly become a key issue impacting both the quantity and the quality of scholarly communications.

In this Digital Science Research report, The Ascent of Open Access, Dimensions data was used to explore the implications that restricted access may impose and to analyze current Open Access trends. Key findings include that the volume of Open Access articles has clearly been rising in recent years and that countries that have invested in Open Access have typically increased their level of international collaboration.

All this and more can be discovered through Dimensions’ rich data and analytical capabilities.

Dimensions provides multiple filters to easily display results which are Open Access. Our filters are built around the four most commonly used basic classifications:

  • Bronze – available on websites hosted by their publisher, either immediately or following an embargo, but are not formally licensed for reuse.
  • Green – freely available somewhere other than the publisher’s website, e.g. in a subject or university repository, or the author’s personal website. Applies to self-archiving generally of the pre or post-print or potentially after an embargo period
  • Gold – refers to articles in fully accessible open access journals that are available immediately upon publication without a license
  • Hybrid – refers to subscription journals with open access to individual articles usually when a fee is paid to the publisher or journal by the author, the author’s organization, or the research funder.
Fig 1: The Open Access filter menu in Dimensions Analytics

The combination of the Open Access filter with the other filters available in Dimensions such as research organization, publisher, and funder, make a very detailed analysis for your organization possible with just a few clicks.

Say you wanted to know how many gold Open Access papers by the University of Oxford, funded by the Wellcome Trust, were published in Springer Nature journals between 2013 – 2018. We made discovering that easy, as you can see in the screenshot below:

Fig 2: Dimensions Analytics view filtered by publication year, institution, publisher, funder, and Open Access status

What’s more, with the Dimensions API you can create dashboards or other systems automatically including relevant data from your organization.

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