Posted by: bluesyemre | June 30, 2014

Across all fields, #openaccess articles in Swedish repository have a higher citation rate than non-OA articles

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  • Due to differences in citation practices amongst scientific disciplines, existing research on a possible open access citation advantage remains limited. A new study seeks to overcome these limitations by investigating whether there is a possible OA citation advantage across all fields. Lars Kullman  presents his findings on cross-field citation comparisons between OA and non-OA articles from the Chalmers University of Technology self-archive repository. The results indicate an advantage. The OA articles studied in this paper have a 22% higher field normalized citation rate than the non-OA articles. Here is the thing. Citations have become an obsession within the research community. And even though researchers, university administrators, research councils and journal editors probably all agree that citations by no means is a perfect and objective way of measuring research quality, the system is nevertheless very much practical and quite successful. Open Access (OA) is not about citations, nor is it about evaluating and measuring research. OA is about making knowledge freely available to researchers, teachers, students and the public around the world.

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