Eighty-four online-only, open-access (OA) journals in the sciences, and nearly 100 more in the social sciences and humanities, have disappeared from the internet over the past 2 decades as publishers stopped maintaining them, potentially depriving scholars of useful research findings, a study has found.
An additional 900 journals published only online also may be at risk of vanishing because they are inactive, says a preprint posted on 3 September on the arXiv server. The number of OA journals tripled from 2009 to 2019, and on average the vanished titles operated for nearly 10 years before going dark, which â€œmight imply that a large number â€¦ is yet to vanish,â€ the authors write.
This is a major risk of the Internet - our current generation could be responsible for a lot of digital loss until some better solution is found. We have the Way Back Machine Archive but it really only makes snapshots of some pages and is not a 100% reliable location for all publications.
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Specialists worry about a potential loss to scholarship