A new study
found that 176 open access journals from 47 countries have vanished from the Internet between 2000 and 2019, and nearly 900 “inactive” journals may be at risk of vanishing in the future.
The issue of insufficient preservation of the scholarly record online has been raised before
, however “no one has really put out names of journals or tried to identify a quantity,” said study co-author Mikael Laakso, an associate professor at Hanken School of Economics.
The study doesn’t analyze why these specific journals disappeared, or their quality, but it found that over 50% of them had an academic affiliation. As far as topics, over 50% of the vanished journals were about social sciences and humanities, although health, physical science, mathematics and life sciences were also represented.
“There is usually an immense amount of time contributed by a lot of different people behind every article,” from the authors, to the editors, all the way to peer-reviewers, Laakso told CNN.
“For all that work to be nullified and cut off from ever making an impact on the world, for such a trivial reason as not having a backup system in place for PDF files is not something that should be accepted,” Laakso added.
The study, published as a pre-print, is available on arXiv, an open access archive of scholarly articles.
Tracking vanished journals
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