[1406.4331] The dark side of Open Access in Google and Google Scholar: the case of Latin-American repositories

abernard102@gmail.com 2014-06-19


Use the link to access the full text article from arXiv.  The abstract reads as follows: "Since repositories are a key tool in making scholarly knowledge open access, determining their presence and impact on the Web is essential, particularly in Google (search engine par excellence) and Google Scholar (a tool increasingly used by researchers to search for academic information). The few studies conducted so far have been limited to very specific geographic areas (USA), which makes it necessary to find out what is happening in other regions that are not part of mainstream academia, and where repositories play a decisive role in the visibility of scholarly production. The main objective of this study is to ascertain the presence and visibility of Latin American repositories in Google and Google Scholar through the application of page count and visibility indicators. For a sample of 137 repositories, the results indicate that the indexing ratio is low in Google, and virtually nonexistent in Google Scholar; they also indicate a complete lack of correspondence between the repository records and the data produced by these two search tools. These results are mainly attributable to limitations arising from the use of description schemas that are incompatible with Google Scholar (repository design) and the reliability of web indicators (search engines). We conclude that neither Google nor Google Scholar accurately represent the actual size of open access content published by Latin American repositories; this may indicate a non-indexed, hidden side to open access, which could be limiting the dissemination and consumption of open access scholarly literature."



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oa.new oa.comment oa.search oa.impact oa.indexing oa.ir oa.green oa.google oa.google.scholar oa.latin_america oa.repositories oa.south

Date tagged:

06/19/2014, 07:32

Date published:

06/19/2014, 03:32