Self-Selected or Mandated, Open Access Increases Citation Impact for Higher Quality Research

A new study (currently under refereeing) reveals that “articles whose authors make them Open Access (OA) by self-archiving them online are cited significantly more than articles accessible only to subscribers”. This study showed that showed that the advantage is independent of other correlates of citations (article age; journal impact factor; number of co-authors, references or pages; field; article type; country or institution) and greatest for the most highly cited articles. Concern was raised by several individuals who responded to the paper. The authors throughful responses to the feedback will, as author Stevan Harnad puts it, “only improve the quality of the eventual published version of articles”.

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