[Duraspace] [1503.05702] The Open Access Advantage Considering Citation, Article Usage and Social Media Attention
hilton.gibson at gmail.com
Sun Mar 22 02:40:02 SAST 2015
In this study, we compare the difference in the impact between open access
(OA) and non-open access (non-OA) articles. 1761 Nature Communications
articles published from 1 Jan. 2012 to 31 Aug. 2013 are selected as our
research objects, including 587 OA articles and 1174 non-OA articles.
Citation data and daily updated article-level metrics data are harvested
directly from the platform of nature.com. Data is analyzed from the static
versus temporal-dynamic perspectives.
*The OA citation advantage is confirmed*, and the OA advantage is also
applicable when extending the comparing from citation to article views and
social media attention. More important, we find that OA papers not only
have the great advantage of total downloads, but also have the feature of
keeping sustained and steady downloads for a long time. For article
downloads, non-OA papers only have a short period of attention, when the
advantage of OA papers exists for a much longer time.
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