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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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  • In the top 5% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric
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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 16 4%
Spain 9 2%
United Kingdom 6 1%
Sweden 4 <1%
Netherlands 4 <1%
Switzerland 4 <1%
Italy 4 <1%
Nigeria 4 <1%
Germany 3 <1%
Other 42 10%
Unknown 308 76%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Librarian 88 22%
Researcher 63 16%
Student > Master 60 15%
Student > Ph. D. Student 46 11%
Other 27 7%
Other 120 30%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Social Sciences 113 28%
Computer Science 71 18%
Medicine and Dentistry 44 11%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 36 9%
Arts and Humanities 32 8%
Other 108 27%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 329. 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 12 November 2018.
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#35,053
of 13,532,295 outputs
Outputs from BMC Medicine
#40
of 2,144 outputs
Outputs of similar age
#155
of 92,506 outputs
Outputs of similar age from BMC Medicine
#1
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