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Citation Advantage of Open Access Legal Scholarship


James M. Donovan


University of Kentucky College of Law Library

Carol A. Watson


University of Georgia Law School

March 4, 2011

UGA Legal Studies Research Paper No. 11-07

Abstract:     
To date, there have been no studies focusing exclusively on the impact of open access on legal scholarship. We examine open access articles from three journals at the University of Georgia School of Law and confirm that legal scholarship freely available via open access improves an article’s research impact. Open access legal scholarship – which today appears to account for almost half of the output of law faculties – can expect to receive 50% more citations than non-open access writings of similar age from the same venue.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 32

Keywords: Legal Scholarship, Open Access, Legal Research

JEL Classification: K10

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Date posted: March 5, 2011 ; Last revised: March 17, 2011

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Donovan, James M. and Watson, Carol A., Citation Advantage of Open Access Legal Scholarship (March 4, 2011). UGA Legal Studies Research Paper No. 11-07. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1777090 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1777090

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James M. Donovan
University of Kentucky College of Law Library ( email )
620 S. Limestone Street
Lexington, KY 40506-0048
United States
Carol A. Watson (Contact Author)
University of Georgia Law School ( email )
Athens, GA 30602
United States
706-542-5078 (Phone)

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