Does open access publication increase research visibility ?

Open access visibilityI published my article ‘Does blinding of randomized clinical trials impact placebo effects?’ in the november 2012 edition of Systematic Reviews. The journal let me know that my paper received 929 accesses during the last 5 months. Pretty good numbers !

The journal defines ‘access’ as any request to view a full text, abstract or download of the pdf version on their website. This demonstrates the high visibility that is achieved by open access publication.  This may also raise the possibility of someone else citing my research paper. These online statistics can also help appreciate the impact of my research and put weight when writing grant proposals.

Open access explained!, a great animation video from PhD TV

What are your experiences with papers ? Does open access compared to traditional payed publication lead to higher research visibility ? Write a comment below or a brief comment on Twitter or Facebook, and together we will broaden the debate.

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