, Volume 81, Issue 1, pp 7–31

Countries positioning in open access journals system: An investigation of citation distribution patterns


DOI: 10.1007/s11192-009-1870-4

Cite this article as:
Sotudeh, H. & Horri, A. Scientometrics (2009) 81: 7. doi:10.1007/s11192-009-1870-4


By their widespread availability and dissemination through open access media, scholarly outputs witness an improved visibility supposed to cause a better citation performance. However, due to the existence of the Matthew effect in science system, which affects users’ perceptions of quality, ultimate effects of the enhanced visibility on different entities are obscure. Moreover, different attitudes towards open access give rise to a more strong quality dynamics in the open access world. Aiming to explore the consequence of the interaction between visibility and quality dynamics, this study investigates countries positioning in open access journals. The results show that the world’s countries welcome open access pattern whether by submitting to or publishing open access journals. A large proportion of the enduring, prestigious open access journals are published by scientifically proficient and developing nations, emphasizing their successful commitment to maintain the undertaken role. The results of the citation analysis highlight national inequalities regarding citation distributions among countries contributing to the journals within the system and within individual disciplines in the system. Well-performing countries mainly consist of advanced ones; however, some lessdeveloped nations are found to perform well in the journal system.

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© Akadémiai Kiadó, Budapest, Hungary 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Library and Information ScienceShiraz UniversityShirazIran
  2. 2.University of TehranTehranIran