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Search engines increase online journal use more than open access

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 08 June 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:1353
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

    The ability of internet search engines to find journal articles has considerably increased the readership of academic journals, a detailed analysis of the internet use of one particular research journal has found.

    Introducing open access publishing achieved a smaller additional increase in journal use, the analysis showed.

    Researchers at the Centre for Publishing at University College London used a deep log analysis, which collects “digital fingerprints” of users of specific internet sites, to track use of the online version of Nucleic Acids Research. They assessed use before and after the journal introduced an “author pays” …

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