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Cross-National Comparison of Open Access Models: A Cost/Benefit Analysis

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A large portion of research is financed with public funds, and now, with the arrival of digitalization, we are transitioning from the traditional model of scientific publication to Open Access. However, not all countries are dealing with this change in the same way. On one hand there are Platinum Open Access journals and on the other hand there is the APC (article processing charge) publication model, and both models can coexist in the same country. In terms of impact, we found that papers published in Open Access journals achieve a scientific impact that is above average; in contrast, the Non-Open Access papers remain below average. Within Open Access, Green and Hybrid modes stand out above in scientific impact, and Platinum and Gold below. In terms of cost, Platinum Open Access journals are free for the author. Depending on the percentage of publications that are routed to the different Open Access modalities, there are different country models, with different costs and different results.

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  • Open access
  • OA
  • Comparison
  • Countries
  • Models
  • Cost/benefit
  • Green
  • Gold
  • Platinum
  • Bronze
  • Hybrid
  • Article processing charge
  • APC
  • Impact
  • Journals
  • Scientific
  • Scholarly
  • Indicators
  • Subscription journals
  • Non-Open access

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Correspondence to Vicente P. Guerrero-Bote .

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Annex I: Country Indicators

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Annex II: Correlations Between Indicators

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These correlations shown here have been made with the data of the 50 most productive countries that accumulate 97.77% of scientific production. Correlations that have an absolute value equal to or greater than 0.28 will be statistically significant (p < 0.05), increasing their significance as the value of R increases (for R ≥ 0.37; p < 0.01).

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Moya-Anegón, F., Guerrero-Bote, V.P., Herrán-Páez, E. (2020). Cross-National Comparison of Open Access Models: A Cost/Benefit Analysis. In: Daraio, C., Glänzel, W. (eds) Evaluative Informetrics: The Art of Metrics-Based Research Assessment . Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-47665-6_14

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