Dartmouth College

To measure the spread of open access in academic publishing and to test the impact of open access on citation counts and other indicators of research quality

  • Amount $132,458
  • City Hanover, NH
  • Investigator Christopher Snyder
  • Initiative Economic Analysis of Science and Technology (EAST)
  • Year 2012
  • Program Research
  • Sub-program Economic Institutions, Behavior, & Performance

Funds from this grant support the work of Dartmouth's Chris Snyder as he studies the spread of open access publishing in academia and the impact this spread has had on scientific publication. Snyder's research is divided into three related projects. The first is to construct novel ways to measure the spread of open-access publication that take into account both the quality and quantity of the papers published. The second is to evaluate whether open access actually a paper's citation rate. The third is to examine whether open access journals exhibit less "publication bias," that is, the tendency to search for, cook up, and release only findings that significantly support the hypothesis under investigation. Most open access journals depend on the willingness of authors to pay publication fees. Precise impact measures for the thousands of new open access journals, together with careful estimates of the relationship between open access and journal quality, could therefore have significant impact on publishers, policymakers, academics, and their funders.

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