Citation advantage of open access legal scholarship

James M. Donovan, Carol A. Watson

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In this study focusing on the impact of open access on legal scholarship, the authors examine open access articles from three journals at the University of Georgia School of Law and confirm that legal scholarship freely available via open access improves an article's research impact. Open access legal scholarship-which today appears to account for almost half of the output of law faculties-can expect to receive fifty-eight percent more citations than non-open access writings of similar age from the same venue.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)553-573
Number of pages21
JournalLaw Library Journal
Issue number4
StatePublished - Sep 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Library and Information Sciences
  • Law


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