B – Open access versus subscription journals

Björk B-C, Solomon D. Open access versus subscription journals: a comparison of scientific impact. BMC Medicine 2012;10:73
(doi: 10.1186/1741-7015-10-73)

The aim of this study was to compare the scientific impact of open access (OA) journals with subscription journals, controlling for journal age, the country of the publisher, discipline and (for OA publishers) their business model. Results showed that OA indexed journals in Web of Science and/or Scopus were approaching the same scientific impact and quality as subscription journals, particularly in biomedicine and for journals funded by article processing charges.