publication . Preprint . 2020

More Readers in More Places: The benefits of open access for scholarly books

Ozaygen, Alkim; Montgomery, Lucy; Neylon, Cameron; Huang, Karl; Pyne, Ros; Emery, Christina; Lucraft, Mithu;
Open Access
  • Published: 10 Sep 2020
Abstract
Open access to scholarly contents has grown substantially in recent years. This includes the number of books published open access online. However, there is limited study on how usage patterns (via downloads, citations and web visibility) of these books may differ from their closed counterparts. Such information is not only important for book publishers, but also for researchers in disciplines where books are the norm. This article reports on findings from comparing samples of books published by Springer Nature to shed light on differences in usage patterns across open access and closed books. The study includes a selection of 281 open access books and a sample ...
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