• Medicine
  • Spirituality
  • Astronomy
  • Sociology
  • Technology
  • History
  • Open Access
  • News

Open Access Has Influence On Scholarly Publishing

The classical subscription-based scientific publication has limitations: often, papers are unavailable to the number of scholars in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), where memberships to journals or one-time access fees are too expensive. Open access (OA) publication, where journals make their papers freely available online, eliminates this barrier and provides scholars worldwide unlimited access to scientific and academic knowledge.

At the same time, one significant constraint of open access is the high publication cost imposed on writers. For research publications, open access has many benefits and drawbacks. Here are a few of them.

Article Impact Score

The Article Influence Score determines the average influence of a journal's articles throughout the first five years following publication. It's derived by dividing the Eigenfactor Score by the number of articles in the journal, normalized as a proportion of all articles in all publications, and multiplying by 0.01.

Because published publications often report on research financed by state or university funds, the more the publication is utilized, quoted, used, and expanded upon, the better for research and the scientist's career. In 2001, the International Mathematical Union told its members that "open access to the mathematical literary works is an important objective". It urged them to "[make] available electronically as much of our work as possible" to "[enlarge] the reservoir of freely available primary mathematical material, particularly helping scientists working without adequate library access."

Average Readership Of Academic Articles

Compared to paywalled papers, open access articles are often seen online and downloaded more frequently, and their readership lasts for a more extended period. Readership is solid among demographics that do not generally have access to subscription-based journals (in addition to the general population, including many medical practitioners, patient groups, policymakers, non-profit sector workers, industry researchers, and independent researchers). Open access publications are more widely read than closed access articles on publication management systems such as Mendeley. Open access methods can shorten publishing delays, which has prompted several academic disciplines, such as high-energy physics, to adopt extensive preprint access to solve this problem.

Citation Rate Of An Article

One of the primary reasons authors make their works freely available is to increase the number of citations. Ones freely available online are often mentioned more frequently than articles that need a membership. The term "citation advantage" was initially used in 2001 to describe this phenomenon. However, while two large pieces of research challenge this assertion, the consensus of other studies supports the impact, with the estimated open access citation benefit ranging in magnitude from 1.3-fold to 6-fold depending on the discipline studied in each case. The citation benefit is the most evident in open access publications published in hybrid journals (as opposed to non-OA pieces published in the same journals) and works stored in green open access repositories. Notably, the benefits of green open access publications are comparable to those of gold open access articles in terms of citation counts. Publications in gold open access journals are often referenced at an equal relative rate similar to paywalled papers. The benefit of citations grows with the length of time an article has been published.

Journal Impact Factor Ranking

The journal impact factor (JIF) is a statistic that reflects the average number of citations received by articles published in a journal over a two-year period. It is often used as a proxy for journal quality, the predicted research impact of publications submitted to that journal, and the success of individual researchers in their endeavors. In subscription journals, the impact factor is shown to be correlated with the total number of citations; however, this association is not seen in gold open access journals.

A wide adoption and usage of the Leiden Declaration and the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), as well as fundamental changes in the intellectual communication system, are typically required as part of open access initiatives such as Plan S, which are currently in the planning stages.

Open Access And Peer Review

Peer evaluation of research publications has been used since the 18th century. Reviewer comments are usually only revealed to writers, and reviewers are anonymous. OA publishing has led to new peer review technology and methods. Pre-registration of projects, open publication of peer reviews, open publication of entire datasets and analytic code are examples of available scientific approaches that increase peer review transparency. Increased openness of academic quality control methods may facilitate academic record auditing. With the development of OA mega journals, peer review may now focus entirely on technique and outcomes interpretation, neglecting novelty. Aspects of predatory publishing include using preprints to fill the academic corpus with un-reviewed rubbish and propaganda, and reviewers may self-censor if their name is revealed. Some argue that readers will be more sceptical of preprint research, a hallmark of scientific inquiry.

Articles that have been published under open access tend to have a more significant amount of citations. The effect of open access publishing on HTML views and PDF downloads is strong and significant, indicating that open access articles will have more exposure as a result of their release.

About The Authors

Suleman Shah

Suleman Shah - Suleman Shah is a researcher and freelance writer. As a researcher, he has worked with MNS University of Agriculture, Multan (Pakistan) and Texas A & M University (USA). He regularly writes science articles and blogs for science news website immersse.com and open access publishers OA Publishing London and Scientific Times. He loves to keep himself updated on scientific developments and convert these developments into everyday language to update the readers about the developments in the scientific era. His primary research focus is Plant sciences, and he contributed to this field by publishing his research in scientific journals and presenting his work at many Conferences. Shah graduated from the University of Agriculture Faisalabad (Pakistan) and started his professional carrier with Jaffer Agro Services and later with the Agriculture Department of the Government of Pakistan. His research interest compelled and attracted him to proceed with his carrier in Plant sciences research. So, he started his Ph.D. in Soil Science at MNS University of Agriculture Multan (Pakistan). Later, he started working as a visiting scholar with Texas A&M University (USA). Shah’s experience with big Open Excess publishers like Springers, Frontiers, MDPI, etc., testified to his belief in Open Access as a barrier-removing mechanism between researchers and the readers of their research. Shah believes that Open Access is revolutionizing the publication process and benefitting research in all fields.

Recent Articles

  • Stone Age Humans Conducted Surgical Amputation, A New Study Finds Evidence

    Stone Age Humans Conducted Surgical Amputation, A New Study Finds Evidence

    Scientific investigation in Borneo has unearthed the world's first documented instance that stone age humans conducted surgical amputation. This discovery represents a significant achievement in the annals of human prehistory.

  • 180 Tips - Best Website For Football Prediction And Tips

    180 Tips - Best Website For Football Prediction And Tips

    How can you beat the best odds at the most well-known online bookmakers when betting on soccer matches? Today's 180 Tips forecasts from Betwinner360 include a record of winning methods. 180 tips provides in-depth research of more than 50 different football leagues, betting tactics organized by market, and expert predictions for each match.

  • Virgo And Sagittarius Compatibility - Great Conversations

    Virgo And Sagittarius Compatibility - Great Conversations

    Virgo and Sagittarius's compatibility is such that they are attracted to one another right away. They base their first interactions on how well they get along in conversation, which comes naturally to them both. These changeable signs will enjoy every minute of talking to each other to death! They engage in frenzied arguments, lengthy philosophical discussions, and fast banter.

  • Pisces And Aquarius Compatibility - Creative Brilliance

    Pisces And Aquarius Compatibility - Creative Brilliance

    Pisces and Aquarius compatibility is such that these two are masters of manifestation while working together. When Aquarians let go of their rigid views, they become natural alchemists who are capable of creating with their creative brilliance. Because of their more flexible and understanding nature, Pisces may assist them in becoming less stuck and releasing their boundless creative potential.

  • Pisces And Scorpio Compatibility - Best Match For Love

    Pisces And Scorpio Compatibility - Best Match For Love

    Pisces and Scorpio compatibility is that they have an innate knowledge of one another, even though they are frequently mysterious to others. These two are irresistibly attracted to each other because they feel like they understand each other but don't say it out loud. They seem to have a psychic connection because they can easily tune into one another's brains.

  • A Massive 7.6 Earthquake Rocks Papua New Guinea

    A Massive 7.6 Earthquake Rocks Papua New Guinea

    On Sunday, a massive 7.6 earthquake rocks Papua New Guinea, causing landslides, cracking roads, and damaging houses. It is currently unknown how extensive the damage is; however, there is debris scattered over the highways and fissures popping up in the roads. According to the United States Geological Survey, the epicenter of the earthquake was located at a depth of 90 kilometers, or around 56 miles, and was close to the town of Kainantu, which has a population of approximately 8,500 people.

  • Most Frequent Angel Numbers You Keep Seeing Is Luck Or Unlucky

    Most Frequent Angel Numbers You Keep Seeing Is Luck Or Unlucky

    The most frequent angel numbers you keep seeing are distinct from other forms of esoterica in that they have no connection to the date that you were born. In numerology, every number has a meaning. Nevertheless, certain number sequences are more prevalent than others. Because all of us have come across them, three-digit angel numbers are widespread.

  • Pisces And Leo Compatibility Is Quite Strong

    Pisces And Leo Compatibility Is Quite Strong

    Leo will inevitably rule Pisces in some aspect of life, Pisces and Leo compatibility whether it is in terms of work, friendship, or love. However, as Leos are kind and loving rulers who have no malice in their hearts, and since the fish don't mind being ruled if it's done with warmth and love, this isn't always a terrible thing.

  • Angel Number 6666 Meaning - A Sign That Your Heart Is Full Of Love

    Angel Number 6666 Meaning - A Sign That Your Heart Is Full Of Love

    If you keep seeing the same number in your life, it's not a coincidence. The angels use Angel Number 6666 meaning to send you an important message. If you can clearly interpret the message of angel number 6666, it will serve you well. This number appears in your life directly from the divine realm.