“National Differences in the Dissemination and Use of Open Access Literature”


The article linked below was published today on PLOS One.


National differences in the distribution and use of open access literature


Marc-Andre Simard
Montreal university

Gita Ghiasi
Montreal university

Philippe Mongeon
Dalhousie University

Vincent Lariviere
University of Quebec in Montreal


17(8): e0272730

DO I: 10.1371/journal.pone.0272730


Open access (OA) dissemination has grown significantly over the past decade, thanks to the implementation of several OA policies by donors and institutions, as well as the development of several new platforms that facilitate the publication of open access content at low or low cost. free of charge. Studies have shown that nearly half of contemporary scientific literature could be available online for free. However, few studies have compared the use of OA literature between countries. This study aims to provide an overall picture of the adoption of OA by countries, using two indicators: publications in OA and references made to OA articles. We find that, on average, low-income countries publish and cite open access at the highest rate, while upper-middle-income and high-income countries publish and cite open access articles at lower rates. to the world average. These findings highlight national differences in OA adoption and suggest that more OA initiatives at institutional, national, and international levels are needed to support wider adoption of open scholarship.

Fig 5. Weighted average z-score for OA green and gold posts (left) and references to OA green and gold posts (right) by income category. Source: 10.1371/journal.pone.0272730.g005

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Gary Price ([email protected]) is a librarian, writer, consultant and frequent speaker based in the Washington DC metro area. He received his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards, including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program Alumnus of the Year. From 2006 to 2009, he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ, an innovation research consultancy that supports enterprise product and business model teams with just-in-time fact finding and insight.


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