May 28, 2022

Research Article: “Librarian, Heal Thyself: A Scholarly Communication Analysis of LIS Journals” (Preprint)

The following article (preprint) was recently shared on Florida State University’s DigitalNole Commons.


Librarian, Heal Thyself: A Scholarly Communication Analysis of LIS Journals (Preprint)


Chealsye Bowley
Florida State University

Micah Vandegrift
Florida State University


DigitalNole Commons
Florida State University

Article will be published on In the Library with the Lead Pipe


This article presents an analysis of 111 journals in Library and Information Science based on measurements of “openness” including copyright policies, open access self-archiving policies and open access publishing options. We propose a new metric to rank journals: the H.O.i.i. Factor (How Open Is It). Finally, the article calls for librarians and researchers in LIS to examine our scholarly literature and hold it to the principles and standards that we are asking of other disciplines.

Direct to Full Text Article (19 pages; PDF)

Supplemental Data Files

Journals Assessment – Coded Jrnls.csv
Journals reviewed for openness

Journals Assessment – HOii Factor.csv
Journals with H.O.i.i. Factor

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