January 20, 2022

Full Text Research Article: “Publishing in Discipline-Specific Open Access Journals: Opportunities and Outreach for Librarians”

The following article appears in the Vol 39 No 1 (2013) issue of The Journal of Academic Librarianship.  This special issue of JAL is devoted to open access. and is available at no charge.


Publishing in Discipline-Specific Open Access Journals: Opportunities and Outreach for Librarians


Robert Tomaszewski
Concordia University

Sonia Poulin
Concordia University

Karen I. MacDonald
Kent St. University


The Journal of Academic Librarianship
Vol 39 No 1 (January 2013)


Open access (OA) journals promote the opportunity for peer-reviewed journal articles to be freely accessible. In recent years, the number of OA journals has exploded in all disciplines. Previous studies have identified print-based pedagogical discipline-specific journals outside the field of Library and Information Science (LIS) for librarians to consider as vehicles for publishing articles related to subject-based Information Literacy (IL). The present study explores the presence of discipline-specific pedagogical journals listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) and presents a table of OA journals with their acceptance rates and review times. Pedagogical OA journals are highlighted as a potential opportunity for librarians to pro-actively reach out to faculty within a discipline and contribute towards the OA movement.

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About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.