Open Access increase correlated with jump in Bath citation rates

Over 80 per cent of our research articles in PURE are now open access.

More and more of our academic papers are open access and we are simultaneously seeing greater citation rates for our research, according to new analysis from our Library team.

Over 80 per cent of recent Bath research articles recorded in Pure are now open access. These papers have a stronger citation performance than for other papers from Bath. On citations they also outperform the average for all papers (closed and open) from Russell Group universities.

The data also shows a small positive correlation between publishing green open access (author’s accepted manuscript available from the University repository) and citations: 22 per cent of these are highly cited (in the top 10 per cent most cited for year of publication and subject area), compared to 18 per cent for the University overall.

For gold open access, 27 per cent of our papers are highly cited. Thanks to Research Councils UK (RCUK) funding as well as internal funding, publishing in this way has grown to over 150 papers a year, representing roughly 10 per cent of our research total.

Kara Jones, Head of Library Research Services, noted: "The potential for positive effects from open access on citation rates has been widely promoted for some years, but this is the first time we have analysed our home-grown outputs. Not only does open access make our research outputs widely available and visible, we can correlate the open access figures with increased citation rates."

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