Diversifying Readership through Open Access: A Usage Analysis for OA Books | Ros Pyne et al. | Springer Nature & COARD, September, 2020

This white paper has inquired into whether the patterns of geographic usage are different for Open Access (OA) books as compared with non-OA books, whether there is evidence of wider usage from low-income and lower-middle-income countries, and if OA books outperform non-OA books in terms of usage.

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Sven Fund 3 months ago

Interesting analysis!

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Pablo Markin 3 months ago

Beyond providing the empirical support to the theoretical expectation that publishing scholarly books in, or transitioning them into, Open Access, can be expected to steeply increase the rates at which they are downloaded, such as 10-fold, and, to a lesser extent, cited, e.g., by more than 2 times, these research results also suggest that Open Access has a greater impact on the visibility of monographs in biomedical, physical and computer sciences, than in business and economics, social sciences and the humanities. Moreover, Open Access publications have been demonstrated to have a significantly greater international reach than closed-access books, which is especially relevant for the dissemination of findings and knowledge related to Global South countries that goes consistently beyond their target constituencies. Thus, Open Access makes it easier for monographs related to Africa and Latin America to find readership in North America, Europe, Asia and Oceania.