The journal that I decided to look at was the ARCC Journal of Architectural Research. The Journal is produced by the Architectural Research Centers Consortium, which as a place for finding research on architecture. The journal also addresses topics such as aspects of urban design, interior design, planning and landscape architecture.
The website is: http://www.arcc-journal.org/index.php/arccjournal
When referring to the fact that the journal is part of the open access movement, the journal describes itself as, “a member of the Open Archive Initative (OAI) and listed on the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). Enquiry is indexed by Worldcat, OAIster, and Google Scholar.”
This is interesting as a journal as it covers a very wide range of topics from the questions that are asked in urbanism, while similar in nature to the ones in architecture, apply to an entirely different scale. Also when doing research in architecture and its allied fields, crossover is very common, and often theories applied to some areas will have impacts on other allied fields or inform design methods.
Also, the style of research that is incorporated into the journal is not necessarily strict quantitative or qualitative research. For example, subject such as architectural discourse, historical photographic studies, Web 2.0 in city adaptation, and Google’s Datacenters are some of the topics in the last journal issue for 2013.
Imagine the opportunity that having these subjects indexed by some of the largest and respected search engines and being open access. The information is out there to be seen by many people and can influence the research direction of many researcher and students, as well as professionals.
To have this information out for the world to see instead of hiding it behind pay walls, allows for a faster integration time into the collective knowledge base that is present in architecture. This systematic inquiry directed towards the creation of knowledge benefits everyone. The systematic nature of the inquiry does not have to be mechanistic, but that all avenues are explored and accounted for, that what is studied is studied to its fullest extent.
So, to have an open access journal to the information present in current research in architecture is very helpful.