Bibliometric and benchmark analysis of gold Open Access in Spain: big output and little impact

Torres-Salinas, Daniel and Robinson-Garcia, Nicolas and Aguillo, Isidro F. Bibliometric and benchmark analysis of gold Open Access in Spain: big output and little impact. El profesional de la información, 2016, vol. 25, n. 1, pp. 17-24. [Journal article (Paginated)]

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English abstract

This bibliometric study analyzes the research output produced by Spain during the 2005-2014 time period in Open Access (OA) journals indexed in Web of Science. The aim of the paper is to determine if papers published in Open Access journals contribute to the improvement of citation impact and collaboration indicators in Spanish research. The results are shown by scientific areas and compared with 17 European countries. Spain is the second highest ranking European country with gold OA publication output and the fourth highest in Open Access output (9%). In Spain OA output is especially high in the fields of Arts and Humanities (28%). Spain’s normalized citation impact in Open access (0.72) is lower than the world average and that of the main European countries. Finally, we discuss how these results differ from the so-called Open Access citation advantage.

Spanish abstract

Análisis bibliométrico y comparativo de la ruta dorada del acceso abierto en España: mucha producción y poco impacto. Estudio bibliométrico que analiza la contribución de los científicos españoles a las revistas en acceso abierto indexadas en la Web of Science durante 2005-2014. El objetivo es determinar si la publicación en revistas en acceso abierto contribuye a mejorar los indicadores bibliométricos de impacto y colaboración de la ciencia española. Los resultados se presentan por áreas científicas y se comparan con un conjunto de 17 países europeos. Los resultados establecen que España es el segundo país europeo con un mayor porcentaje trabajos en acceso abierto (9%), especialmente en Arte y Humanidades (28%). Se establece como la citación normalizada (0,72) de la producción en acceso abierto está por debajo de la media mundial y de los valores de las principales potencias europeas. Finalmente se discute como los resultados entran en contradicción con la denominada ventaja de citación del acceso abierto.

Item type: Journal article (Paginated)
Keywords: Open Access; Gold road; Web of Science; Análisis bibliométrico; Research impact; International collaboration; Spain; Europe; Acceso abierto; Ruta dorada; Web of Science; Bibliometric analysis; Impacto científico; Colaboración internacional; España; Europa.
Subjects: B. Information use and sociology of information > BA. Use and impact of information.
B. Information use and sociology of information > BB. Bibliometric methods
E. Publishing and legal issues. > ED. Intellectual property: author's rights, ownership, copyright, copyleft, open access.
F. Management. > FJ. Knowledge management
Depositing user: Sra. Mònica Font
Date deposited: 06 Feb 2019 19:45
Last modified: 06 Feb 2019 19:45


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