The article “Scientific potential of European fully open access journals“ by prof. Maja Jokić, Ph. D., Andrea Mervar, Ph. D. and Stjepan Mateljan, M. A. was published in Scientometrics, which is one of the most prominent journals in the area of information sciences.

The scientific potential of European countries measured by their participation in publication of all peer-review journals, as well as open access journals (OAJs), is significant. In this paper the authors focus on European fully open access journals (OAJs) as a potentially optimal channel of communication in science. They explore fully OAJs (n=1201) indexed by Scopus with several bibliometric indicators: quartile rankings, SJR (SCImago Journal Ranking) and h-index.

Quartile rankings indicate that journals in Q1 dominate in the group of countries which accessed the EU prior to 1995, followed by journals in Q2. Analysis by different scientific fields stresses that life and health sciences have the highest shares of OAJs in Q1. Regarding social sciences, only 10% of all European OAJs in social sciences is in Q1. Furthermore, the authors found the least difference in the social sciences journals across the countries examined and grouped according to the time of their EU accession, both in respect to coverage and quality indicators.

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