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Attracted to open access journals: a bibliometric author analysis in the field of biology

Tove Faber Frandsen (Royal School of Library and Information Science, Copenhagen, Denmark)

Journal of Documentation

ISSN: 0022-0418

Article publication date: 16 January 2009

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Abstract

Purpose

Scholars from developing countries have limited access to research publications due to expensive subscription costs. However, the open access movement is challenging the constraint to access. Consequently, researchers in developing countries are often mentioned as major recipients of the benefits when advocating open access (OA). One of the implications of that argument is that authors from developing countries are more likely to perceive open access positively than authors from developed countries. The present study aims to investigate the use of open access by researchers from developing countries and is thus a supplement to the existing author surveys and interviews.

Design/methodology/approach

Bibliometric analyses of both publishing behaviour and citing behaviour in relation to OA publishing provides evidence of the impact of open access on developing countries.

Findings

The results of the multivariate linear regression show that open access journals are not characterised by a different composition of authors from the traditional toll access journals. Furthermore, the results show that authors from developing countries do not cite open access more than authors from developed countries.

Originality/value

The paper argues that authors from developing countries are not attracted to open access more than authors from developed countries.

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Citation

Faber Frandsen, T. (2009), "Attracted to open access journals: a bibliometric author analysis in the field of biology", Journal of Documentation, Vol. 65 No. 1, pp. 58-82. https://doi.org/10.1108/00220410910926121

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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