It’s important, especially for early-career researchers, to build a name for themselves. For that, your work has to be seen, read, and cited. Sharing your work can make that happen.
Numerous studies have shown that publishing openly – whether in an OA journal, or self-archiving in an open repository – confers a citation advantage.
Manuscripts posted in open repositories prior to formal publication are called preprints. Preprints start gathering citations earlier and maintain a citation advantage over articles published only in traditional journals for months or years to come.
And it's not just one study. The Open Access Citation Advantage Service, maintained by SPARC Europe, keeps an up-to-date list of relevant citation studies and summaries of their results. To date, the majority of studies find a significant citation advantage of publishing openly.
The open access citation advantage holds for diverse fields, with maximum percent increases in citations from 36-600%!
Studies that share their data openly tend to get more citations than studies that do not make their data available.
Open access articles get more tweeters and Mendeley readers than paywalled articles published in the same journal.
Open access articles receive more page views than non-OA articles.