Open access articles receive more citations in hybrid marine ecology journals
Scholarly open access publishing — making published scholarly articles freely available for anyone on the internet to access — has been adopted in attempt to remove barriers to accessing scholarly information. In this paper, I present the results of a study assessing how often open access (freely accessible) and non-open access (restricted access) articles, published in three marine ecology journals with an open access option, are cited in other scholarly articles. Open access articles were cited more than non-open access articles in all three journals.
This study suggests that publishing open access can benefit scholarly authors since the reputation of researchers is most often a reflection of the number of times their works have been cited, and can ultimately benefit the broader research community by making scholarly works free and accessible by all.
Read the full paper — Open access articles receive more citations in hybrid marine ecology journals by Jeff C. Clements on the FACETS website.