- The increase in the number of journals included in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) (www.doaj.org). The article notes that, as of mid-February 2006, DOAJ contained 2,044 OA journals, up over 600 from the same period in 2005 (as of this morning, DOAJ was at 2184).
- The high impact factors for some OA journals, especially notable considering the youth of these journals. PLOS Biology and some BMC titles are given as examples
- The research that shows "that OA articles generate between 25% and 250% more citations than non-OA articles in the same journal from the same year". This comes from the "oft-quoted" article "Ten-Year Cross-Disciplinary Comparison of the Growth of Open Access and How it Increases Research Citation Impact" (IEEE Data Engineering Bulletin 28(4) pp. 39-47, eprints.ecs.soton.ac.uk/11688)
- The report from the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP) that shows that subscription-based journals are more likely to charge author fees than OA journals are. This report also indicates that 40% of OA journals are still in the red financially.
- The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Research Councils of the UK (RCUK) situations. These involved recommendations to direct scholars to deposit their research results (articles) in OA repositories.
- The OA options offered by commercial journal publishers. The article mentions Open Choice from Springer (http://www.springer.com/sgw/cda/frontpage/0,,1-40359-0-0-0,00.html; affects 1200 journals), Online Open from Blackwell (http://www.blackwellpublishing.com/static/onlineopen.asp; affects 80 journals), Oxford Open from Oxford University Press (http://www.oxfordjournals.org/oxfordopen/; affects 42 journals), and Author Select from the American Institute of Physics (http://www.aip.org/press_release/author_select.html; affects 3 journals).
- The fact that over 90% of scholarly publishers allow article pre- and/or post-prints to be deposited in subject and/or institutional repositories by authors (see SHERPA for a list: http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo.php), though not many authors are doing this.
The complete LJ article can be found at http://www.libraryjournal.com/article/CA6321722.html