It’s important, especially for early-career researchers, to build a
name for themselves. For that, your work has to be seen, read, and
cited. Sharing your work can make that happen.
Numerous studies have shown that publishing openly – whether in an OA
journal, or self-archiving in an open repository – confers a citation
Manuscripts posted in open repositories prior to formal publication
are called preprints. Preprints start gathering citations earlier and
maintain a citation advantage over articles published only in
traditional journals for months or years to come.
study. The Open Access Citation
Advantage Service, maintained by SPARC Europe, keeps an up-to-date
list of relevant citation studies and summaries of their results. To
date, the majority of studies find a significant citation advantage of
The open access citation advantage holds for diverse fields, with
maximum percent increases in citations from 36-600%!
Studies that share their data openly tend to get more citations than
studies that do not make their data available.
Sharing code can also lead to more citations, as shown in this
2012 study by
Patrick Vandewalle (free version
Open access articles get more tweeters and Mendeley readers than paywalled
articles published in the same journal.
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