Do articles in open access journals have more frequent altmetric activity than articles in subscription-based journals? An investigation of the research output of Finnish universities

Kim Holmberg*, Juha Hedman, Timothy D. Bowman, Fereshteh Didegah, Mikael Laakso

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Abstract

Scientific articles available in Open Access (OA) have been found to attract more citations and online attention to the extent that it has become common to speak about OA Altmetrics Advantage. This research investigates how the OA Altmetrics Advantage holds for a specific case of research articles, namely the research outputs from universities in Finland. Furthermore, this research examines disciplinary and platform specific differences in that (dis)advantage. The new methodological approaches developed in this research focus on relative visibility, i.e. how often articles in OA journals receive at least one mention on the investigated online platforms, and relative receptivity, i.e. how frequently articles in OA journals gain mentions in comparison to articles in subscription-based journals. The results show significant disciplinary and platform specific differences in the OA advantage, with articles in OA journals within for instance veterinary sciences, social and economic geography and psychology receiving more citations and attention on social media platforms, while the opposite was found for articles in OA journals within medicine and health sciences. The results strongly support field- and platform-specific considerations when assessing the influence of journal OA status on altmetrics. The new methodological approaches used in this research will serve future comparative research into OA advantage of scientific articles over time and between countries.

Original languageEnglish
Peer-reviewed scientific journalScientometrics : an international journal for all quantitative aspects of the science of science, communication in science and science policy
ISSN0138-9130
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15.11.2019
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article - refereed

Keywords

  • 113 Computer and information sciences
  • Open access
  • Altmetrics
  • Journals
  • Open access advantage
  • Gold OA

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