How Many More Cites is a $3,000 Open Access Fee Buying You? Empirical Evidence from a Natural Experiment

24 Pages Posted: 22 Feb 2018

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Frank Mueller-Langer

University of the Bundeswehr Munich; Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition; European Commission, Joint Research Center

Richard Watt

University of Canterbury - Economics and Finance; The Society for Economic Research on Copyright Issues (SERCI)

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Date Written: April 2018

Abstract

We analyze the effect of open access (OA) status of journal articles on citations. Using cross‐sectional and panel data from mathematics and economics, we perform negative binomial, Poisson, and generalized method of moments/instrumental variable methods regressions. We benefit from a natural experiment via hybrid OA pilot agreements. Citations to pre‐prints allow us to identify the intrinsic quality of articles prior to journal publication. Overall, our analysis suggests that there is no hybrid OA citation benefit. However, for the subpopulation of articles without OA pre‐ or post‐prints, we find positive hybrid OA effects for the full sample and each discipline separately.

JEL Classification: L17, O33, A11

Suggested Citation

Mueller-Langer, Frank and Watt, Richard, How Many More Cites is a $3,000 Open Access Fee Buying You? Empirical Evidence from a Natural Experiment (April 2018). Economic Inquiry, Vol. 56, Issue 2, pp. 931-954, 2018, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3127910 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ecin.12545

Frank Mueller-Langer (Contact Author)

University of the Bundeswehr Munich ( email )

Munich
Germany

Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition ( email )

Munich
Germany

European Commission, Joint Research Center

Seville
Spain

Richard Watt

University of Canterbury - Economics and Finance ( email )

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Christchurch
New Zealand

The Society for Economic Research on Copyright Issues (SERCI) ( email )

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Palma de Mallorca, 08080
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