ERIC Number: EJ906562
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
The Impact Factor: Implications of Open Access on Quality
Grozanick, Sara E.
Public Services Quarterly, v6 n4 p389-399 2010
There has been debate about the extent to which open access affects the quality of scholarly work. At the same time, researchers have begun to look for ways to evaluate the quality of open access publications. Dating back to the growth of citation indexes during the 1960s and 1970s, citation analysis--examining citation statistics--has since been used as an indicator of quality, particularly in the science disciplines. Impact factor is derived from the number of citations amassed by a particular journal over a set time span divided by the number of items published during that period. Citation analysis is now being used to evaluate the quality and research impact of open access scholarly work. The purpose of this article is to examine the use of citation analysis in determining the research impact of open access articles and journals as compared to traditional non-open access publications. It looks at an historical progression of citation studies on open access. In comparing the methodology of different citation analyses related to open access, this review intends to provide a deeper understanding of the factors influencing research findings and how different researchers have interpreted this data to support the open access advantage.
Descriptors: Access to Information, Electronic Publishing, Educational Quality, Scholarship, Context Effect, Evaluation Methods, Citation Indexes, Citation Analysis, Periodicals, Researchers
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