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Examining Open Access Article Performance

Title: Examining Open Access Article Performance: Taking a Nearsighted Approach to a Farsighted Problem.
Name(s): Mouratidis, Roxann, author
Wood, Martin, author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
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Date Issued: 2020-07-22
Physical Form: computer
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Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Objectives: To determine if open-access journal articles receive more citations, downloads, and social media attention than toll-access articles in the health sciences.Methods: Using our university’s CV database, we generated a list of faculty names and articles published between 2013-2016. The following criteria were used to refine this list: 1) the faculty member must have an active appointment in the College of Medicine, and 2) the publication must be a scholarly journal article. After our master list was generated and refined, we identified the open access articles by looking up each journal in the Directory of Open Access Journals, and in the case of hybrid journals, viewing the article’s access options on the journal’s website. We then manually retrieved article level metrics for each article on our list. These metrics included altmetric scores and the number of citations, downloads, and views each article received. Our primary source of data was the journal’s website. Secondary sources of data included Dimensions and the Altmetric bookmarklet.Results: On average, articles published open access or available in the institutional repository received at least a 20% increase in number of citations, as compared to articles published exclusively behind a paywall.Conclusions: Open-access articles receive more citations on average than their toll-access counterparts, and we expect to find a similar increase in the number of views, downloads, and altmetric scores. As such, authors and their institutions or funding agencies would benefit from utilizing open access publishing venues to increase the visibility of their research. Libraries have a role in facilitating open access to research by establishing institutional repositories as an alternative venue for freely sharing faculty-authored publications.
Identifier: FSU_libsubv1_scholarship_submission_1597409725_dd605d03 (IID)
Keywords: open access, citation advantage
Publication Note: Presented at the 2020 Medical Library Association Virtual Annual Meeting on August 12, 2020.
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Use and Reproduction: Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY 4.0)
Host Institution: FSU

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Mouratidis, R., & Wood, M. (2020). Examining Open Access Article Performance: Taking a Nearsighted Approach to a Farsighted Problem. Retrieved from