Offering the promise of sharing scholarship, open-access journals have become widespread in recent years; but so have misunderstandings about such journals, fueled by a lack of actual data. This issue of Library Technology Reports will help you look beyond the Directory of Open Access Journals, offering tools for a more substantive evaluation.
Walt Crawford is an internationally recognized writer and speaker on libraries, technology, policy and media. Author of numerous books, articles, and columns, he is also the creator, writer and publisher of Cites & Insights: Crawford at Large, an ejournal on the intersections of libraries, policy, technology and media published monthly since 2001. He maintains a blog on these and other issues, Walt at Random. His honors include the LITA/Library Hi Tech Award for Outstanding Communication for Continuing Education in Library and Information Science, the ALCTS/Blackwell Scholarship Award, and the Gale Group Online Excellence in Information Authorship Award. He has been a senior analyst at RLG for more than four decades.