OA journals have the same scientific impact as TA journals

A recent study by Bo-Christer Björk and David Salomon shows that, overall, OA journals are not lagging behind TA journals when it comes to scientific impact. This is an important study to rebut constant accusations that OA means lower quality, often heard from OA skeptics and from pro-TA lobbyists. As the authors point out, low quality OA publishers exist, but that doesn’t affect the general picture of OA as equal to TA in impact when you compare comparable journals.

See their study Open access versus subscription journals: a comparison of scientific impact here: http://www.biomedcentral.com/1741-7015/10/73

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