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Open Access legal articles can expect 58% more citations

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In Citation Advantage of Open Access Legal Scholarship, Donovan and Watson demonstrate advantages  of Open Access legal journals:

To date, there have been no studies focusing exclusively on the impact of openaccess on legal scholarship. We examine open access articles from three journalsat the University of Georgia School of Law and confirm that legal scholarshipfreely available via open access improves an article’s research impact. Openaccess legal scholarship – which today appears to account for almost half of theoutput of law faculties – can expect to receive 58% more citations than non-openaccess writings of similar age from the same venue.

The present article offers empirical justification to assert that these benefits are real,consistent, and sizeable. The open access advantage reported for other bodies of literatureextends to include legal scholarship, albeit with some identified caveats. Open access is mostlikely to impact other legal writings, but less so the citations within court opinions.

http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1777090

Written by Toni Prug

30 March 2011 at 02:09

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when free e-books are offered for a relatively long period of time, without requiring registration, print sales will increase

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I don’t think the conclusion of this paper can be generalized across other book types (academic ones), but it’s a worthwhile read.

The present study indicates that there is a moderate correlation between free digital books being made permanently available and short-term print sales increases. However, free digital books did not always equal increased sales. This result may be surprising, both to those who claim that when a free version is available fewer people will pay to purchase copies, as well as those who claim that free access will not harm sales. The results of the present study must be viewed with caution. Although the authors believe that free digital book distribution tends to increase print sales, this is not a universal law. The results we found cannot necessarily be generalized to other books, nor be construed to suggest causation. The timing of a free e-book’s release, the promotion it received and other factors cannot be fully accounted for. Nevertheless, we believe that this data indicates that when free e-books are offered for a relatively long period of time, without requiring registration, print sales will increase.

See full article HERE. (thanks to Patrice and Indian/sarai connection).

Written by Toni Prug

6 March 2010 at 11:58

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Recent links on Open Access

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18 November 2009 at 16:34

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Recent links on Open Access

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Recent links on Open Access

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23 October 2009 at 17:13

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Recent links on Open Access

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  • The Liberation of Textbooks: ‘The Open Educational Resources movement works to make high-quality educational materials freely available to everyone and, through the creative use of copyright laws, permits those using the resources to improve the materials, as well as re-edit them to make them more suitable to individual teaching situations.’
  • Student coalition for Open Access solidifies, now represents over 5 million students internationally: ‘The student Right to Research Coalition, a group of national, international, and local student associations that advocate for governments, universities, and researchers to adopt Open Access practices, has now grown to include some of the most prominent student organizations from the United States and across the world. The recent addition of 8 new organizations brings the number of students represented by the coalition to over 5 million, demonstrating the broad, passionate support Open Access enjoys from the student community.’
  • Access to Publicly-Funded Research: Why Not Now?: Reasons to support the Federal Research Public Access (FRPAA) Act currently pending in the US Congress.
  • Is open-access journal publishing a vanity publishing industry?: ‘From an empirical point of view, current open-access journals display a pricing structure that does not indicate a vanity press industry, as we demonstrate below in a new analysis of OA publication fee data.’
  • The Collège de France broadcasts its courses for free on line: The prestigious French academic institution now has a channel on the online video sharing site Dailymotion.
  • Massively collaborative mathematics: ‘The “Polymath Project” proved that many minds can work together to solve difficult mathematical problems. Timothy Gowers and Michael Nielsen reflect on the lessons learned for open-source science.’
  • Open Access Week is 19-23 October.
  • Library savings from full flip to open access via article processing fees: about two-thirds savings: ‘I calculate that library savings from a full flip from subscriptions to open access via article processing fees, at the PLoS One rate of $1,350 would be at least 64%.’
  • Canadian universities closed-minded on open access: ‘Canadian universities may benefit from far more public funding than their U.S. counterparts, but they have been much more reluctant to adopt open access mandates.’
  • Put it in the Depot: ‘The Depot is an assured gateway to make your research Open Access.  We provide two main services: (1) a deposit service for researchers worldwide without an institutional repository in which to deposit their papers, articles, and book chapters (e-prints); (2) a re-direct service which alerts depositors to more appropriate local services if they exist.’

Written by Benjamin Geer

20 October 2009 at 10:10

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Recent Links on Open Access

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