Today’s Inside Higher Ed features an interesting article about a new study that has raised doubts about the so-called “citation advantage” for scholars publishing in open-access journals as opposed to subscription-based journals. The question of “Does online access boost citations?” is discussed in a working paper by Mark J. McCabe of the University of Michigan and Christopher M. Snyder of Dartmouth College. Though the scope of McCabe and Snyder’s study is limited to business and economics journals, their findings might have broader implications for the rest of the scholarly world.

Of course the real question is, will McCabe and Snyder eventually publish their paper via an open-access journal or a subscription-based journal?

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