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Getting cited: does open access help?

Patrick Gaulé and Nicolas Maystre

CEMI Working Papers from Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Collège du Management de la Technologie, Management of Technology and Entrepreneurship Institute, Chaire en Economie et Management de l'Innovation

Abstract: We reexamine the widely held belief that free availability of scientific articles increases the number of citations they receive. Since open access is relatively more attractive to authors of higher quality papers, regressing citations on open access and other controls yields upward-biased estimates. Using an instrumental variable approach, we find no significant effect of open access. Instead, self-selection of higher quality articles into open access explains at least part of the observed open access citation advantage.

Keywords: scholarly publishing; open access; free access (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O33 O38 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 16 pages
Date: 2008-07
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