Within-Journal Demonstrations of the Open-Access Impact Advantage: PLoS, Pipe-Dreams and Peccadillos (LETTER)


Harnad, Stevan (2006) Within-Journal Demonstrations of the Open-Access Impact Advantage: PLoS, Pipe-Dreams and Peccadillos (LETTER). PLOS Biology, 4, (5)

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Eysenbach's (2006) study in PloS Biology on 1492 articles published during one 6-month period in one journal (PNAS) found that the Open Access (OA) articles were more cited than the non-OA ones. The online bibliography on the OA citation advantage http://opcit.eprints.org/oacitation-biblio.html records a number of prior within-journal comparisons that found exactly the same effect: freely available articles are read and cited more. Eysenbach’s further finding that the OA advantage (in this particular 6-month, 3-option, 1-journal PloS/PNAS study) is greater for articles that have paid for OA publication than for those that have merely been self-archived will require replication on much larger samples as most of the prior evidence for the OA advantage comes from self-archived articles and is based on sample sizes four orders of magnitude larger for both the number of articles and the number of journals tested.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Commentary On: Eysenbach, G, (2006) Citation Advantage of Open Access Articles. PLoS Biology 4(5): e157 DOI: 10.1371/journal.pbio.0040157 http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pbio.0040157 MacCallum, C.J., and Parthasarathy, H. (2006) Open Access Increases Citation Rate. PL
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Keywords: open access, self-archiving, citations, research impact
Divisions: Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering > Electronics and Computer Science > Web & Internet Science
ePrint ID: 262607
Date Deposited: 17 May 2006
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 20:06
Publisher: Public Library of Science
Further Information:Google Scholar
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/262607

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