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The Oligopoly of Academic Publishers in the Digital Era

Overview of attention for article published in PLoS ONE, June 2015
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Title
The Oligopoly of Academic Publishers in the Digital Era
Published in
PLoS ONE, June 2015
DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0127502
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Authors

Vincent Larivière, Stefanie Haustein, Philippe Mongeon

Abstract

The consolidation of the scientific publishing industry has been the topic of much debate within and outside the scientific community, especially in relation to major publishers' high profit margins. However, the share of scientific output published in the journals of these major publishers, as well as its evolution over time and across various disciplines, has not yet been analyzed. This paper provides such analysis, based on 45 million documents indexed in the Web of Science over the period 1973-2013. It shows that in both natural and medical sciences (NMS) and social sciences and humanities (SSH), Reed-Elsevier, Wiley-Blackwell, Springer, and Taylor & Francis increased their share of the published output, especially since the advent of the digital era (mid-1990s). Combined, the top five most prolific publishers account for more than 50% of all papers published in 2013. Disciplines of the social sciences have the highest level of concentration (70% of papers from the top five publishers), while the humanities have remained relatively independent (20% from top five publishers). NMS disciplines are in between, mainly because of the strength of their scientific societies, such as the ACS in chemistry or APS in physics. The paper also examines the migration of journals between small and big publishing houses and explores the effect of publisher change on citation impact. It concludes with a discussion on the economics of scholarly publishing.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Spain 11 1%
United States 11 1%
Brazil 10 1%
Canada 9 1%
United Kingdom 6 <1%
Portugal 4 <1%
Netherlands 3 <1%
Germany 3 <1%
Croatia 3 <1%
Other 27 4%
Unknown 648 88%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Librarian 132 18%
Researcher 106 14%
Student > Ph. D. Student 92 13%
Student > Master 85 12%
Other 58 8%
Other 203 28%
Unknown 59 8%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Social Sciences 192 26%
Computer Science 82 11%
Arts and Humanities 64 9%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 54 7%
Medicine and Dentistry 45 6%
Other 208 28%
Unknown 90 12%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 1866. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 31 July 2020.
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#1,730
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#27
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#16
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#3
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