Open access papers 'more likely to be cited on Twitter' | Times Higher Education
"Articles that feature in open access journals are more likely to be cited on Twitter, a major study of how research is shared has found. Kim Holmberg, a research associate at the University of Turku in Finland, has conducted a study looking at around 4 million 'altmetric events' – the sharing of research using tools like Facebook and the academic bookmarking tool Mendeley - which might shed light on the impact of scholarly work beyond the traditional measure of citations by other academics. Speaking to a conference on altmetrics on 8 October in Amsterdam, Dr Holmberg presented the preliminary findings, which showed that open access journals and articles have a 'big advantage' when it comes to being shared on Twitter compared with those behind a paywall. They were also more likely to be shared on Facebook, although to a lesser extent, he told the 2am:Amsterdam conference. However, on Mendeley and Wikipedia, articles behind a paywall were relatively more likely to be cited ..."