Re: University Institutional Repository impact on citation of journal articles

From: Stevan Harnad <>
Date: Thu, 22 Nov 2007 21:15:36 +0000

On Tue, 20 Nov 2007, Chiner Arias, Alejandro wrote:

> Does article self-archiving in an Institutional Repository increase
> citation of the articles that are later published in peer-reviewed
> scholarly journals?


    Brody, T., Harnad, S. and Carr, L. (2006) Earlier Web Usage Statistics
    as Predictors of Later Citation Impact. Journal of the American
    Association for Information Science and Technology (JASIST), 57
    (8). pp. 1060-1072.

See also the work of Kurtz et al, and of Moed, on the "Early Advantage,"
in the OpCit Bibliography that you cite below.

But there is an ambiguity in your question: A paper is just a paper or
preprint until it is accepted for publication, and a postprint or
article only after that. It is not clear whether your question is about
whether preprint self-archiving increases later article citations, or
whether you mean early postprint self-archiving (before the published
version is available). (In all cases, OA increases impact.)

> The literature I am trying to find should provide empirical evidence to
> answer this question and should be specifically about self-archiving in
> Institutional Repositories.

Yes, but self-archiving *what*?

> I am aware of the following bibliography and I know there are plenty of
> studies about the citation impact of Open Access in general, including
> OA journals and cross-institutional or subject repositories like arXiv.

But repositories contain both preprints and postprints.

> I am also aware of studies about the impact of OAI searchable archiving.
> All of which I find cogent and I do not need to be persuaded.
> Unfortunately the above is not enough for my work. I need something
> specifically about Institutional Repositories, understood as a
> university's green OA archive for the research by its academic staff.

Again, some confusion. IRs are IRs. Inasmuch as they contain postprints,
the are green OA archives. Preprints are optional, but they too enhance

Hope this helps,

Stevan Harnad

If you have adopted or plan to adopt a policy of providing Open Access
to your own research article output, please describe your policy at:

    BOAI-1 ("Green"): Publish your article in a suitable toll-access journal
    BOAI-2 ("Gold"): Publish your article in an open-access journal if/when
    a suitable one exists.
    in BOTH cases self-archive a supplementary version of your article
    in your own institutional repository.

> Please can I ask from the list if you know of any studies along these
> lines?
> Many thanks for you help.
> Alejandro
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