Open access in translation studies. A bibliometric overview of its distribution and development

Javier Franco Aixelá, Christian Olalla-Soler, Sara Rovira- Esteva

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This article provides an analysis of open access (OA) publishing in translation studies for the 1961-2015 period. To this end, we have taken advantage of the translation-studies (TS) bibliographical database BITRA, which comprised over 75,000 entries as of December 2018, over 21,000 of which had been labelled as OA. The main bibliometric factors we have examined from both synchronic and diachronic perspectives are the global status of OA, publication format, language, topic, kind of publisher and types of websites hosting OA publications, also providing an estimation of how these factors predict OA. The results indicate that open and toll access currently tend to reach a balance due to the dramatic growth experienced by OA in TS. We have also found that OA is still on the increase in TS, although with some notable variations within each of the factors under analysis.
Original languageEnglish
JournalThe International Journal of Translation & Interpreting Research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 25 Feb 2021

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