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Open access versus subscription journals: a comparison of scientific impact

Overview of attention for article published in BMC Medicine, July 2012
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Title
Open access versus subscription journals: a comparison of scientific impact
Published in
BMC Medicine, July 2012
DOI 10.1186/1741-7015-10-73
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Authors

Bo-Christer Björk, David Solomon

Abstract

In the past few years there has been an ongoing debate as to whether the proliferation of open access (OA) publishing would damage the peer review system and put the quality of scientific journal publishing at risk. Our aim was to inform this debate by comparing the scientific impact of OA journals with subscription journals, controlling for journal age, the country of the publisher, discipline and (for OA publishers) their business model.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 15 3%
Spain 9 2%
United Kingdom 6 1%
Sweden 5 <1%
Switzerland 4 <1%
Nigeria 4 <1%
Italy 3 <1%
Germany 3 <1%
Portugal 3 <1%
Other 39 7%
Unknown 437 83%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Librarian 98 19%
Researcher 72 14%
Student > Master 72 14%
Student > Ph. D. Student 54 10%
Student > Bachelor 38 7%
Other 139 26%
Unknown 55 10%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Social Sciences 131 25%
Computer Science 76 14%
Medicine and Dentistry 57 11%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 48 9%
Arts and Humanities 37 7%
Other 115 22%
Unknown 64 12%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 323. 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 23 May 2022.
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#83,474
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Outputs from BMC Medicine
#81
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#248
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