Open Access Archiving and Article Citations within Health Services and Policy Research

Greyson, Devon and Hanley, Gillian and Morgan, Steve Open Access Archiving and Article Citations within Health Services and Policy Research., 2008 . In Canadian Health Libraries Association/ Association des bibliothèques de la santé du Canada (CHLA/ ABSC) Conference 2009, Winnepeg, Manitoba (Canada), May 30 - June 3, 2009. (In Press) [Conference poster]

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Objective: The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is now among the many funders that require grant recipients to make research outputs Open Access (OA). This study describes OA-archiving practises within journals containing Canadian health services and policy research, and examines the association between OA status and citations to an article. Methods: We employed an article-level analysis comparing citation rates for articles drawn from the same, purposively selected journals. We used descriptive statistics to describe archiving practises, and a two-stage analytic approach designed to test whether OA is associated with likelihood that an article is cited at all and total number citations that an article receives, conditional on being cited at least once. Results: Adjusting for several potential confounders, OA archived articles were 60% more likely to be cited at least once, and, once cited, were cited 29% more than non-OA articles. The majority of articles that were made OA were archived in just one location, and archived copies found were primarily on websites rather than institutional or subject-based repositories.Discussion: It appears that there may be a citation “advantage” associated with articles made open access in this field. Whether this advantage is solely a result of OA status cannot be confirmed from this data alone. Regarding archiving practises, it is concerning that the vast majority of archived copies are on web sites, as findability and preservation of these archived copies may be inferior to those in centralized institutional or subject-based repositories.

Item type: Conference poster
Keywords: Open access, Citation studies, Citation advantage, Open access advantage, health services research, health services and policy research, Health policy
Subjects: E. Publishing and legal issues. > ED. Intellectual property: author's rights, ownership, copyright, copyleft, open access.
E. Publishing and legal issues. > EB. Printing, electronic publishing, broadcasting.
B. Information use and sociology of information > BG. Information dissemination and diffusion.
B. Information use and sociology of information > BF. Information policy
Depositing user: Devon Greyson
Date deposited: 14 Jul 2009
Last modified: 02 Oct 2014 12:14
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10760/13291

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