Open is not forever: A study of vanished open access journals

  title={Open is not forever: A study of vanished open access journals},
  author={Mikael Laakso and Lisa Matthias and Najko Jahn},
  journal={Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology},
  pages={1099 - 1112}
The preservation of the scholarly record has been a point of concern since the beginning of knowledge production. With print publications, the responsibility rested primarily with librarians, but the shift toward digital publishing and, in particular, the introduction of open access (OA) have caused ambiguity and complexity. Consequently, the long‐term accessibility of journals is not always guaranteed, and they can even disappear from the web completely. The focus of this exploratory study is… 
Comment on `Open is not forever: a study of vanished open access journals'
The authors, ignoring that their sample was selected conditionally on a journal having vanished from the web, misinterpret their findings and statement that ‘the authors' study provides valuable insight into the types of OA journals that are especially at risk of vanishing’ is not justified by evidence.
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