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Study Finds Open Access Increases Citation in Legal Scholarship By Over 50%

A new study from the University of Georgia finds that open access legal scholarship can expect to receive more than 50% more citations than non-open access legal writings.

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  1. Brad Leclerc says:

    Not surprising
    Not surprising at all…after all, making it easier/cheaper gets more people reading it in general, and if you can get the full text of one paper for free, and have to pay for another paper on a similar topic, people will tend to gravitate towards the free content.

    The only problem with that is that the effect doesn’t often discriminate for quality, just price. So a crappy, but free, paper might get cited more than a well-done, but pricey, alternative…which is a shame.

  2. Stevan Harnad says:

    Bibliography of Open Access Impact Advantage
    The effect of open access and downloads (‘hits’) on citation impact: a bibliography of studies
    http://opcit.eprints.org/oacitation-biblio.html

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