Measuring, rating, supporting, and strengthening open access scholarly publishing in Brazil


  • Silvio Carvalho Neto Uni-FACEF Centro Universitário Municipal de Franca
  • John Willinsky Stanford University
  • Juan Pablo Alperin Simon Fraser University



scholarly publishing, open access, Brazil


This study assesses the extent and nature of open access scholarly publishing in Brazil, one of the world’s leaders in providing universal access to its research and scholarship. It utilizes Brazil’s Qualis journal evaluation system, along with other relevant data bases to address the association between scholarly quality and open access in the Brazilian context. Through cross tabulation among these various data sets, it is possible to arrive at a reasonably accurate picture of journals, systems, ratings, and disciplines. The study establishes reliable measures and counts of Brazilian scholarly publications, the proportion and types of open access, and journals ratings and by disciplinary field. It finds that the better the Brazilian journal, the more likely it is to be open access. It also finds that Qualis ranks Brazilian journals lower overall than the international journals in which Brazilian authors publish, most notably in the field of the biological sciences. The study concludes with a consideration of the policy implications for building on the country’s global leadership in open access to strengthen the quality of its global contribution to knowledge.



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Author Biographies

Silvio Carvalho Neto, Uni-FACEF Centro Universitário Municipal de Franca

Silvio Carvalho Neto completed his Doctorate in Management Sciences at the University of São Paulo (Brazil), with post-doctoral at Stanford University (USA) working as a visitor scholar at the Graduate School of Education. He is an associate professor and currently Vice-Dean of Research and Graduate Studies at Centro Universitario Municipal de Franca-SP, Brazil. His research interests are: information systems, information and communication technology in education, virtual learning environments and online publishing systems.

John Willinsky, Stanford University

John Willinsky is Khosla Family Professor of Education, Stanford University and Professor (Part-Time) Publishing Studies, SFU and Distinguished Scholar in Residence, SFU Library. John started PKP in 1998 at the University of British Columbia in an effort to create greater public and global access to research and scholarship through the use of new publishing technologies. He is the author of, among other books, Empire of Words: The Reign of the OED (Princeton, 1994); Learning to Divide the World: Education at Empire’s End (Minnesota, 1998); Technologies of Knowing (Beacon 2000); and The Access Principle: The Case for Open Access to Research and Scholarship (MIT Press, 2006).

Juan Pablo Alperin, Simon Fraser University

Juan Pablo is an Assistant Professor in Publishing and a Research Associate with the Public Knowledge Project at Simon Fraser University. 

He is a multi-disciplinary scholar that uses computational techniques, surveys, and interviews to investigate ways of raising the scientific quality, global impact, and public use of scholarly work. He is an active scholar in both the open access and altmetrics (social media metrics) communities, having received numerous invitations to speak, and publish on these topics, both in North and Latin America, and has contributed a combination of conceptual, methodological, and empirical peer-reviewed articles and presentations, as well as edited two volumes, and authored several book chapters on issues of scholarly communications in developing regions. 




How to Cite

Carvalho Neto, S., Willinsky, J., & Alperin, J. P. (2016). Measuring, rating, supporting, and strengthening open access scholarly publishing in Brazil. Education Policy Analysis Archives, 24, 54.