Skip to Main Content

Disciplinary Scholarly Communication Services Guide

Providing scholarly communication-specific information to embed in the services liaisons offer to their subject areas.


Artificial Intelligence


  • According to Delta Think, in general, higher citation impact articles come from journals that charge higher APCs. Fully OA Geophysics journals are the cheapest to publish in while agriculture and engineering journals are the most expensive to publish in. 
  • Grossman and Brembs (2021) estimate that fees between $200 and $1,000 per article are sufficient to sustain a gold OA journal (Butler, Leigh-Ann, Matthias, Lisa, Simard, Marc-André, Mongeon, Philippe, & Haustein, Stefanie 23).
  • Springer-Nature is likely to maintain and further build on its dominance in the OA market.
  • According to the AAAS Survey on Scholarly Publication Experiences & Perspectives in Fall 2022, nearly two-thirds of researchers reported that they did not budget for publishing costs, and of the researchers who had paid APCs and answered a question about their ability to obtain APC funds, a minority reported that it was easy to obtain funds for APCs. AAAS suggests clarifying the definition of an “author accepted manuscript.” AAAS also suggests new directives should ensure consistency between OA policies and federal data-access and data-management policies.
  • According to "Judging Journals," Google Scholar accounted better for journals in non-English languages than Scopus and Web of Science and doubled the number of journals available compared to Scopus and tripled compared to Web of Science. Google Scholar has the highest percentage of journals classified in the areas of physical science, humanities, social science (tied with Scopus), education, engineering, and law. Compared to other metrics systems, Google Scholar’s high coverage of law journals (60%) is particularly impressive. More generally, the best indexed field was the life sciences at 82 percent, followed closely by the physical sciences and engineering at 76 percent and the social sciences at 75 percent. Business was also fairly well indexed, with more than half the journals indexed in every metric system. All the other disciplines—fine arts, law, education, and humanities—averaged at less than half indexed. With the highest rate of classification at 82 percent, the full range of academic journals in a discipline is not being wholly represented. Underrepresentation of some disciplines should be fully considered when using the metrics systems. Engineering, business, and the sciences (social, physical, and life) all consistently had the highest metric values. Engineering almost always was the field with the highest metric value. Fine arts, law, and education were all consistently quite low, while the comparative humanities value varied strongly depending on the metric.


Resources and Tools