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Identifying the Effect of Open Access on Citations Using a Panel of Science Journals


Mark J. McCabe


University of Michigan - School of Information; University of Goettingen - Faculty of Economics and Business Administration; SKEMA Business School Sophia Antipolis Nice

Christopher M. Snyder


Dartmouth College - Department of Economics

October 30, 2013


Abstract:     
An open-access journal allows free online access to its articles, obtaining revenue from fees charged to submitting authors or from institutional support. Using panel data on science journals, we are able to circumvent problems plaguing previous studies of the impact of open access on citations. In contrast to the huge effects found in these previous studies, we find a more modest effect: moving from paid to open access increases cites by 8% on average in our sample. The benefit is concentrated among top-ranked journals. In fact, open access causes a statistically significant reduction in cites to the bottom-ranked journals in our sample, leading us to conjecture that open access may intensify competition among articles for readers’ attention, generating losers as well as winners.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 35

Keywords: open access, superstars, long tail, journal, citation, search, platform

JEL Classification: L17, O33

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Date posted: May 25, 2013 ; Last revised: November 1, 2013

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McCabe, Mark J. and Snyder, Christopher M., Identifying the Effect of Open Access on Citations Using a Panel of Science Journals (October 30, 2013). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2269040 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2269040

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Mark J. McCabe (Contact Author)
University of Michigan - School of Information ( email )
University of Goettingen - Faculty of Economics and Business Administration ( email )
Platz der Goettinger Sieben 3
Goettingen, 37073
Germany
SKEMA Business School Sophia Antipolis Nice ( email )
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Sophia Antipolis, 06902
France
Christopher M. Snyder
Dartmouth College - Department of Economics ( email )
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Hanover, NH 03755
United States
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(603) 646-2122 (Fax)
HOME PAGE: http://www.dartmouth.edu/~csnyder/
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