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Getting cited: Does open access help?

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  • Gaulé, Patrick
  • Maystre, Nicolas

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Cross-sectional studies typically find positive correlations between free availability of scientific articles (‘open access’) and citations. Using a number of instruments as plausible sources of exogeneous variation, we find no evidence for a causal effect of open access on citations. We provide theory and evidence suggesting that authors of higher quality papers are more likely to choose open access in hybrid journals which offer an open access option. Self-selection mechanisms may thus explain the discrepancy between the positive correlation found in Eysenbach (2006) and other cross-sectional studies and the absence of such correlation in the field experiment of Davis et al. (2008).

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Research Policy.

Volume (Year): 40 (2011)
Issue (Month): 10 ()
Pages: 1332-1338

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Handle: RePEc:eee:respol:v:40:y:2011:i:10:p:1332-1338

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Keywords: Open access; Knowledge diffusion; Scientific publishing; Citations; Self-selection;

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Cited by:
  1. Damien Besancenot & Radu Vranceanu, 2014. "A model of scholarly publishing with hybrid academic journals," Post-Print hal-00971541, HAL.
  2. Frank Mueller-Langer & Michael Gerstenberger & Julian Hackinger & Benjamin Heisig, 2013. "A Brief Guide for the Creation of Author-specific Citation Metrics and Publication Data Using the Thomson Reuters Web of Science and Scopus Databases," Working Paper Series of the German Council for Social and Economic Data 228, German Council for Social and Economic Data (RatSWD).
  3. Commission of Experts for Research and Innovation (EFI), Berlin (ed.), 2013. "Research, innovation and technological performance in Germany - EFI Report 2013," Research, innovation and technological performance in Germany: Report, Expertenkommission Forschung und Innovation (EFI), volume 127, number 2013e, November.
  4. Wohlrabe, Klaus & Birkmeier, Daniel, 2014. "Do open access articles in economics have a citation advantage?," MPRA Paper 56842, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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