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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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  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age (99th percentile)

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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 7 2%
Sweden 5 1%
Nigeria 4 <1%
Netherlands 4 <1%
Germany 4 <1%
Switzerland 4 <1%
New Zealand 3 <1%
Other 40 9%
Unknown 352 79%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Librarian 90 20%
Researcher 67 15%
Student > Master 63 14%
Student > Ph. D. Student 50 11%
Student > Bachelor 31 7%
Other 120 27%
Unknown 26 6%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Social Sciences 118 26%
Computer Science 75 17%
Medicine and Dentistry 53 12%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 41 9%
Arts and Humanities 34 8%
Other 92 21%
Unknown 34 8%

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 01 May 2020.
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#48,830
of 15,926,773 outputs
Outputs from BMC Medicine
#48
of 2,485 outputs
Outputs of similar age
#190
of 96,925 outputs
Outputs of similar age from BMC Medicine
#1
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