Can you Pay your way to Readership? Free to Publish Open Access Formats Receive Greater Readership and Citations than Paid Open Access Formats in Total Knee Arthroplasty Literature - The Journal of Arthroplasty

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As publishing with open access is becoming increasingly popular within orthopaedics, understanding the types of publishing options available and what each may deliver is critically important. Hybrid articles require a high article processing charge. Open journal articles have a lower fee, while closed license articles are freely accessible at no charge. Open repository articles are peer-reviewed manuscripts posted freely online. The purpose of this study was to determine the relationship between article type and resulting citations, social media attention, and readership in total knee arthroplasty (TKA) literature.


Open access TKA journal articles published since 2016 were found using the Altmetric Explorer Database. Data gathered included the Altmetric Attention Score (attention), Mendeley Readership Score (readership), and citations per article. Articles were grouped by type: open journal, hybrid, closed license, and open repository. Results were analyzed using descriptive statistics and Tukey’s analysis; α=0.05.



A total of 9,606 publications were included. The open repository had the greatest mean citations (14.40), while open journal (9.55) had fewer than all other categories (P<0.001). Hybrid had the greatest mean attention (10.35), and open journal (6.16) had a lower mean attention than all other categories (P≤0.002). Open repository had the greatest mean readership (44.68), and open journal (34.00) had a lower mean readership than all other categories (P≤0.012). The mean publication fee for paid publication options was $1,792 USD (United States dollars).



In open access TKA literature, free-to-publish open repositories had the greatest mean citations and readership. Free publication options, open repositories and closed licenses, had greater readership compared to paid publication options.


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Tags: oa.medicine oa.business_models oa.fees oa.hybrid oa.citations oa.impact oa.comparisons oa.advocacy oa.repositories

Date tagged:

02/01/2024, 13:28

Date published:

02/01/2024, 08:29