May 21, 2022

New Data From OASPA: “Steady Growth of Articles in Fully OA Journals Using a CC-BY License”

From the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA):

A total of 905,687 articles were published with the CC BY license in open access-only journals by members of OASPA during the period shown above, with 189,529 of those being published in 2016.



Source: OASPA (May 2017)


Interestingly, the data we have collected shows that, for OASPA members, the year-on-year growth remains steady for CC BY articles in fully open access peer-reviewed journals. From 2011 to 2012 the total growth was very high, jumping by around 50%. Comparing 2013 to 2012, growth had slowed to about 33%, but in the four years since then it has stabilised at an increase of roughly 14-15% per year.

Approximately 85% of the articles published by OASPA members as CC BY last year in OA journals can be attributed to just 6 publishers: Springer Nature (36%), PLOS (14%), MDPI (12%), Hindawi (10%), Frontiers (8%) and Copernicus (5%).

The complete OASPA blog post includes more data and two charts. Some of the data is also available to download (.xls).

See Also: List of OASPA Members

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( 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, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.