On Impact of OA, the Jury is Still Out.
The author discusses the impact of open access (OA) publishing. He notes that objective and quantifiable evidence is needed in order to negate the claims of publishers that OA is evil and prove to all stakeholders that OA is worth the further investment and advocacy. He mentions that authors tend to be indifferent on the issue of OA as they are ignorant of its existence and already have subscription access paid for by their institutions. He mentions the aim of OA advocates that involves the broadening of audience for scholarly literature.
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Davis, Philip. 2008. Comment in response to Kent Andersen, "Open access doesn't drive citations," posted August 6, 2008, [Online]. Available: http://scholarlykitchen.sspnet.org/2008/07/31/open-access-doesnt-drive-citations/ [Accessed August 7, 2008].
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