Visibility and citations are the two factors that really matter to academics and researchers, especially when they are publishing in the Open Access model. According to many reports and analyses, OA helps to gain greater visibility and higher citation counts. But how do you measure the impact of Open Access on these factors? It is not easy, but there are tools on the Internet that can help to determine, more or less, the visibility of a specific book or article.
Last week I have published a post about visibility and citations in Open Access. The post was referring to the results of two separate reports related to the subject. As the question of visibility and citations in OA journals and books remains valid, being a subject of intense debate in scientific community, the issue is worth exploring.
Open Access increases visibility; this is a well-known fact resulting from the very essence of this publishing model. Because all OA articles and books are freely available in the internet and anyone may read them, their visibility is rather high. Yet, does the visibility results in higher level of citation, which is extremely important for researchers, who decide to publish in this model?
The validity of the Open Access model is constantly being debated when it comes to scientific publishing. Many researchers are still uncertain whether to publish in this model or not. What are then the benefits of publishing in Open Access? We should take a closer look at this question, especially now, when publishing in this model is becoming increasingly popular and accepted by the scientific community.