[Sigmetrics] Research confirms 50% greater impact of open access papers, despite delayed availability

Isabella Peters ipe at informatik.uni-kiel.de
Thu Aug 4 03:28:33 EDT 2016

***on behalf of Eric Archambault***


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1science and her sister company Science-Metrix are presenting the first
results of an ongoing large-scale study on open access. The results reveal
that open access papers have a 50% greater citation advantage than papers
published in traditional subscription-based journals. 


The new research also shows that the widely held belief that open access
papers have a greater impact at least in part due to them being available
earlier than their commercially published versions is not consistent with
the large-scale data collected by 1science. In fact, based on a time series
comprising more than 17.4 million papers published between 2000 and 2015, it
is clear that open access still suffers from the effect of embargoes
enforced by traditional publishers who maintain that they require that delay
to keep the subscription model alive.


This evidence suggests that traditional scholarly journals that restrict
access by enforcing subscription paywalls and embargoes will lose their
relevance for researchers and governments. Researchers want their papers to
be cited as it demonstrates the relevance of their research, and governments
want papers to be as widely available as possible as a large part of
scholarly and scientific research is financed through public funds. 


Read the oaNumber #1 report online: http://www.1science.com/oanumbr.html

Download the oaNumber #1 report:


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