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  • Patrick Gaulé

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    (Chaire en Economie et Management de l'Innovation, Collège du Management de la Technologie, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne - Departement of Economics, University of Geneva)

  • Nicolas Maystre

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    (Departement of Economics, University of Geneva)

Abstract

We reexamine the widely held belief that free availability of scientific articles increases the number of citations they receive. Since open access is relatively more attractive to authors of higher quality papers, regressing citations on open access and other controls yields upward-biased estimates. Using an instrumental variable approach, we find no significant effect of open access. Instead, self-selection of higher quality articles into open access explains at least part of the observed open access citation advantage.

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Paper provided by Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Collège du Management de la Technologie, Management of Technology and Entrepreneurship Institute, Chaire en Economie et Management de l'Innovation in its series CEMI Working Papers with number cemi-workingpaper-2008-007.

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Length: 16 pages
Date of creation: Jul 2008
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Handle: RePEc:cmi:wpaper:cemi-workingpaper-2008-007

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Cited by:
  1. 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).
  2. Damien Besancenot & Radu Vranceanu, 2014. "A model of scholarly publishing with hybrid academic journals," Post-Print hal-00971541, HAL.
  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, December.

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