Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Open Access Citation Advantage: An Annotated Bibliography

Ben Wagner's recent publication considers and weighs the evidence on the OA citation impact advantage.

Key findings: the overwhelming weight of the evidence suggests a strong OA citation impact advantage, with a download differential found across studies averaging at least 100%, followed by a citation impact differential of between 25-250% in favour of open access for the majority of studies, and particularly for larger studies, with a minority of studies finding no effect. Possible explanations for these anomalies include small sample size (one study refers to an a statistically insignificant OA impact advantage), disciplinary citation patterns, and failure to allow sufficient time to observe the citation impact difference. As the author points out - NO studies found a citation disadvantage for OA.

Article: Wagner, A. Ben. "Open Access Citation Advantage: An Annotated Bibliography" (Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, Winter 2010), available at:
http://www.istl.org/10-winter/article2.html

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Wiley announces launch of Wiley Open Access

Hoboken, NJ, February 1st, 2011 - Wiley announces the launch of Wiley Open Access, a new publishing program of open access journals. The first journals will launch shortly, publishing primary, peer-reviewed research in a range of broad-based subject disciplines in the life and biomedical sciences, including neuroscience, microbiology, ecology and evolution.

Wiley Open Access will provide authors wishing to publish their research outcomes in an open access journal with a range of new high quality publications which meet the requirements of funding organizations and institutions where these apply.

"The development of Wiley Open Access is an example of our commitment to offer authors the widest possible choice in publishing with Wiley", said Steve Miron, Senior Vice President, Wiley-Blackwell. He added, "Wiley has a strong history of innovation in journal publishing and we see this as a natural extension of our service to our learned society partners, authors, and the scholarly community in its broadest sense".

The new journals are being launched in collaboration with a group of international professional and scholarly societies with which Wiley currently partners. Each journal will appoint an Editor-in-Chief and Editorial Board responsible for ensuring that all articles are rigorously peer-reviewed, and each journal will be offered with the full functionality of Wiley Online Library.