ITcon Vol. 10, pg. 349-371, http://www.itcon.org/2005/23

THE SCHOLARLY JOURNAL RE-ENGINEERED: A CASE STUDY OF AN OPEN ACCESS JOURNAL IN CONSTRUCTION IT

submitted:October 2005
revised:December 2005
published:December 2005
authors:Bo-Christer Björk, Prof.
Swedish School of Economics and Business Administration, Helsinki, Finland
email: bo-christer.bjork@hanken.fi

Žiga Turk, Prof.
Faculty of Civil and Geodetic Engineering, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
email: ziga.turk@itc.fgg.uni-lj.si

Jonas Holmström, Ph.D. candidate
Swedish School of Economics and Business Administration, Helsinki, Finland
email: Jonas.Holmstrom@hanken.fi
summary:Open access is a new model for the publishing of scientific journals enabled by the Internet, in which the published articles are freely available for anyone to read. During the 1990’s hundreds of individual open access journals were founded by groups of academics, supported by grants and unpaid voluntary work. During the last five years other types of open access journals, funded by author charges have started to emerge and also established publishers have started to experiment with different variations of open access. This article reports on the experiences of one open access journal (The Electronic Journal of Information Technology in Construction, ITcon) over its ten year history. In addition to a straightforward account of the lessons learned the journal is also benchmarked against a number of competitors in the same research area and its development is put into the larger perspective of changes in scholarly publishing. The main findings are: That a journal publishing around 20-30 articles per year, equivalent to a typical quarterly journal, can sustainable be produced using an open source like production model. The journal outperforms its competitors in some respects, such as the speed of publication, availability of the results and balanced global distribution of authorship, and is on a par with them in most other respects. The key statistics for ITcon are: Acceptance rate 55 %. Average speed of publication 6-7 months. 801 subscribers to email alerts. Average number of downloads by human readers per paper per month 21.
keywords:scientific journal, open access, construction IT
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citation:Björk B-C, Turk Z and Holmström J (2005). THE SCHOLARLY JOURNAL RE-ENGINEERED: A CASE STUDY OF AN OPEN ACCESS JOURNAL IN CONSTRUCTION IT, ITcon Vol. 10, pg. 349-371, http://www.itcon.org/2005/23