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New Research Article: “Open Access Meets Discoverability: Citations to Articles Posted to”

The following article was recently published by PLOS One.


Open Access Meets Discoverability: Citations to Articles Posted to


Yuri Niyazov

Carl Vogel

Richard Price

Ben Lund

David Judd

Adnan Akil

Michael Mortonson

Josh Schwartzman

Max Shron


February 17, 2016


Using matching and regression analyses, we measure the difference in citations between articles posted to and other articles from similar journals, controlling for field, impact factor, and other variables. Based on a sample size of 31,216 papers, we find that a paper in a median impact factor journal uploaded to receives 16% more citations after one year than a similar article not available online, 51% more citations after three years, and 69% after five years. We also found that articles also posted to had 58% more citations than articles only posted to other online venues, such as personal and departmental home pages, after five years.

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About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.