The Relationship Between Open Access Article Publishing and Short-Term Citations in Otolaryngology

David W. Wassef, Gregory L. Barinsky, Sara Behbahani, Sudeep Peddireddy, Jordon G. Grube, Christina H. Fang, Soly Baredes, Jean Anderson Eloy

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Abstract

Objectives: The purpose of this study is to compare the number of citations received by open access articles versus subscription access articles in subscription journals in the Otolaryngology literature. Methods: Using the Dimensions research database, we examined articles indexed to PubMed with at least 5 citations published in 2018. Articles were included from Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery, The Laryngoscope, JAMA Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery, Annals of Otology, Rhinology, and Laryngology, and American Journal of Otolaryngology. Multivariate Poisson regression modeling was used to adjust for journal, article type, and topic. Practice guidelines, position statements, or retractions were excluded as potential outliers. Results: 137 open access articles and 337 subscription access articles meeting inclusion criteria were identified, with a median citation number of 8 (IQR 6-11). The most common article type was original investigation (82.5%), and the most common study topic was head and neck (28.9%). Open access articles had a higher median number of citations at 9 (IQR 6-13) when compared to subscription access articles at 7 (IQR 6-10) (P =.032). Open access status was significantly associated with a higher number of citations than subscription access articles when adjusting for journal, article type, and topic (β =.272, CI 0.194-0.500, P <.001). Conclusions: Although comprising a minority of articles examined in this study of subscription journals, open access articles were associated with a higher number of citations than subscription access articles. Open access publishing may facilitate the spread of novel findings in Otolaryngology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)704-708
Number of pages5
JournalAnnals of Otology, Rhinology and Laryngology
Volume131
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2022
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • citations
  • open access
  • otolaryngology
  • scholarly communication
  • scientific research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology

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