May 22, 2022

New Data: Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA) Members Demonstrate Another Year of Steady Growth in CC By Article Numbers For Fully-Oa Journals


A total of 1,128,721 articles were published with the CC BY license in open access-only (fully-OA) journals by members of OASPA during the period 2000-2017, with 219,627 of those being published in 2017 alone.

This year we have again included information collected from our members on the number of open access articles across all journals (including hybrid) and the license under which those articles were published.

CC BY articles in fully-OA journals remain the dominant article type published by OASPA members, however we are still seeing an increase in OA articles in hybrid journals, as well as in fully-OA journals using licenses other than CC BY.


As in 2016, five publishers account for almost 80% of the CC BY articles published in fully OA journals by OASPA members. While the publishers are the same, the order has changed slightly from the previous year. For 2017 Springer Nature published 34% of the total OA articles, MDPI 16%, PLOS 11%, Frontiers 9% and Hindawi 8% (in 2016 the order was: Springer Nature 36%, PLOS 14%, MDPI 12%, Hindawi 10%, Frontiers 8%).

The complete post includes two charts and links to downloadable underlying data. Here’s one of the charts.


Direct to Complete OASPA Post/Data

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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.