Open access - citation advantage

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Open access is a powerful tool: it gives the authors of a scientific publication a worldwide audience and increases the visibility and impact of their work. An article by Alma Swan The Open Access citation advantage: Studies and results to date (2010) presents a summary of studies on the increase in citation counts due to open access. The article starts with a brief introduction to the main methodological and interpretative questions of the covered studies. The list of studies provides details on the scope, methodological approach and conclusions of each study.

The table below presents a summary of these studies. (Source: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/268516)

Swan, Alma (2010) The Open Access citation advantage: Studies and results to date.

Measure

Result

Studies finding a positive Open Access citation advantage

27

Studies finding no Open Access citation advantage (or an OA citation disadvantage)

4

 

Size of OA citation advantage when found (and where explicitly stated by discipline)

% increase in citations with Open Access

Physics/astronomy

170 to 580

Mathematics

35 to 91

Biology

-5 to 36

Electrical engineering

51

Computer science

157

Political science

86

Philosophy

45

Medicine

300 to 450

Communications studies (IT)

200

Agricultural sciences

200 to 600

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