[IRTalk] Open-access books are downloaded, cited, and mentioned more than non-OA books

Nason Bimbe nasonbimbe at gmail.com
Fri Apr 13 13:05:43 SAST 2018

"Open-access journal articles have been found, to some extent, to be
downloaded and cited more than non-OA articles. But could the same be true
for books? Carrie Calder reports on recent research into how open access
affects the usage of scholarly books, including the findings that OA books
are, on average, downloaded seven times more, cited 50% more, and mentioned
online ten times more. A number of accompanying interviews reveal that
authors are choosing open access routes to publish their books not only
because of wider dissemination and easier access but also for ethical


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