According to a new study, researchers found that open access and subscription-based journals have about the same scientific impact. In fact, Open access (OA) journals are approaching the same scientific impact and quality as traditional subscription journals.
The study was published in BMC Medicine on July 17, 2012 by authors Bo-Christer Björk from the Hanken School of Economics in Helsinki, Finland, and David Solomon from the College of Human Medicine at Michigan State University. A total of 610 OA journals were compared with 7,609 subscription journals using Web of Science citation data and an overlapping set of 1,327 OA journals were compared with 11,124 subscription journals using Scopus data.
If you've ever questioned whether or not open access (OA) publishing would damage the peer review system and put the quality of scientific journal publishing at risk, this article will be worth a read.
The electronic version of the complete article and can be found online at: http://www.biomedcentral.com/1741-7015/10/73