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Title: Do Open-Access articles really have a greater research impact?
Authors: Davis, Philip M.
Keywords: Open Access
correlation and causation
citation analysis
research impact
Issue Date: Mar-2006
Publisher: ALA
Citation: College & Research Libraries, vol. 67, no.2, p.103-104, 2006
Abstract: The study of citation behavior is complex and involves multiple confounding, and interacting variables. Methodologically, it is very difficult to distinguish whether Open Access is an explanatory cause of increased access, or whether it is merely an artifact of other causal explanations such as article duplication or self-promotion. Do Open-Access articles really have a greater research impact, as many suggest? Yes, but Open Access may not be the cause.
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