B – The accessibility quotient (AQ) of open access

Willmott MA, Dunn KH, Duranceau EF. The Accessibility Quotient: a new measure of open access. Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication 2012;1(1):eP1025

This study presents a new measure, the Accessibility Quotient (AQ). It offers a concise assessment of accessibility of peer reviewed research produced by an individual or group (authors, departments, disciplines, or universities) by combining three measures – price, quality, and shareability. The paper reports how the AQ is calculated, how it can be used in faculty outreach, and why it is useful by leading to more open access to research.