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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%
Nigeria 4 <1%
Netherlands 4 <1%
Switzerland 4 <1%
New Zealand 3 <1%
Germany 3 <1%
Other 40 8%
Unknown 390 81%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Librarian 93 19%
Student > Master 70 14%
Researcher 68 14%
Student > Ph. D. Student 51 11%
Other 34 7%
Other 130 27%
Unknown 37 8%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Social Sciences 122 25%
Computer Science 74 15%
Medicine and Dentistry 54 11%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 46 10%
Arts and Humanities 35 7%
Other 105 22%
Unknown 47 10%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 333. 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 06 June 2021.
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#59,485
of 18,911,980 outputs
Outputs from BMC Medicine
#59
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Outputs of similar age
#204
of 103,321 outputs
Outputs of similar age from BMC Medicine
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