New Study: Very Rapid & Sustainable Growth of OA

A recent article published in PLoS ONE has been receiving a lot of attention lately. Laakso et al studied the growth of Open Access journal publishing from 1993 to 2009 and found…
“Since the year 2000, the average annual growth rate has been 18% for the number of journals and 30% for the number of articles. This can be contrasted to the reported 3,5% yearly volume increase in journal publishing in general.”
The authors’ results also indicate that OA is a sustainable form of academic publishing since a large number of the original or pioneering OA journals are still publishing and growing.
Citation:
Laakso M, Welling P, Bukvova H, Nyman L, Björk B-C, et al. (2011) The Development of Open Access Journal Publishing from 1993 to 2009. PLoS ONE 6(6): e20961. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0020961

So you want to start an OA journal?

SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) has recently created a free index of resources to help launch and operate Open Access (OA) journals:
Open Access Journal Publishing Resource Index
From the SPARC news release announcing the index:
The new index complements the rich existing resource center by pointing to relevant sections in existing open-access journal publishing guides and to sample journal proposals, policies, bylaws, and other documentation to help with planning, development, and collaboration issues. Topics covered include:
• New Journal Planning
• Journal Publishing Program Policies
• Governance
• Editorial
• Marketing & Promotion
• Technical Platforms
• Sustainability Planning