Tuesday, May 16, 2006

The Open Access Advantage

The Open Access Advantage

This editorial by Gunther Eysenbach in the Journal of Medical Internet Research follows up his paper "Citation Advantage of Open Access Articles" in PLoS Biology

He suggests that the citation gap between open access and non-open access papers continues to widen. He concludes that the observation that the “open access advantage” has at least three components:
(1) a citation count advantage (as a metric for knowledge uptake within the scientific community),
(2) an end user uptake advantage, and
(3) a cross-discipline fertilization advantage.

These findings are supported by an evaluation report, also published today from JISC, which found positive views by publishers and authors following their £384,500 funding over three years to experiment with alternative publishing models.

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