Open access, readership, citations: a randomized controlled trial of scientific journal publishing

Philip Davis pmd8 at CORNELL.EDU
Wed Mar 30 13:54:33 EDT 2011

The concept of information diffusion is abstract so one must employ proxies to measure it. Prior studies focus almost entirely on citations, which measures a very narrow form of diffusion --incorporation by a scientific researcher in a published document. We extend our measurements to include article downloads (abstract, fulltext and pdf) as well as visitors (as measured by unique IP addresses). You will find a more complete discussion of this in our article.

-Phil Davis

On Mar 30, 2011, at 1:27 PM, Cristóbal Palmer wrote:

> Adminstrative info for SIGMETRICS (for example unsubscribe):
> On Wed, Mar 30, 2011 at 1:12 PM, Philip Davis <pmd8 at> wrote:
>> You may expect a routine cut-and-paste reply by S.H. shortly.
> Can you explain this? Why do you feel your interlocutors are not
> intellectually honest, and why do you feel the need to preëmptively
> deride them?
>> Does free access to journal articles result in greater diffusion of
>> scientific knowledge?
> I'm confused. Your article does not answer this overly-broad question.
> Why do you pose it here?
> Cheers,
> -- 
> Cristóbal M. Palmer
> systems
> UNC Chapel Hill

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