Great interest in free access to polar research

The Norwegian Polar Institute's peer-reviewed, multi-disciplinary journal —Polar Research— has enjoyed over 100 000 full text downloads from its website during 2011, a mark of success for the journal’s move to open-access nearly one year ago.

Cover of the journal Polar Research

Since the beginning of 2011, researchers and citizens of the world have enjoyed free access to Polar Research's full archive of older articles as well as its new articles about the Arctic and Antarctic. Readers are accessing Polar Research from 146 countries and on every continent. Over 14 000 unique visitors have visited the journal’s website this year.

– “We are extremely pleased in the interest internet users around the world have shown in Polar Research. Combining the rate of downloads with other indicators makes it clear to us that going open access was the right choice for the journal”, says Chief Editor Helle V. Goldman, at the Norwegian Polar Institute.

Polar Research experienced a particularly heavy day of traffic on 24 August when National Geographic Daily News reported on “The oldest plesiosaur (Reptilia, Sauropterygia) from Antarctica”, by A. Kellner et al. The article was visited on Polar Research’s website 800 times that day.

Polar Research has been publishing peer-reviewed articles concerning the Arctic and Antarctic research since 1982. The journal is published by the Norwegian Polar Institute and Co-Action Publishing, which is based in Stockholm. The journal’s international Editorial Board is supported by a larger Advisory Panel. Polar Research was the first multi-disciplinary polar journal to become completely open access.

The journal is visible on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook, in addition to its website,