[Duraspace] [1406.4331] The dark side of Open Access in Google and Google Scholar: the case of Latin-American repositories

Hilton Gibson hilton.gibson at gmail.com
Wed Jun 18 10:38:34 SAST 2014

*Since repositories are a key tool in making scholarly knowledge open
access, determining their presence and impact on the Web is essential,
particularly in Google (search engine par excellence) and Google Scholar (a
tool increasingly used by researchers to search for academic information).*
The few studies conducted so far have been limited to very specific
geographic areas (USA), which makes it necessary to find out what is
happening in other regions that are not part of mainstream academia, and
where repositories play a decisive role in the visibility of scholarly
production. The main objective of this study is to ascertain the presence
and visibility of Latin American repositories in Google and Google Scholar
through the application of page count and visibility indicators.

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