Libraries at University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Relationship between the Usage Count and the Number of Citations in the Journals of Library and Information Sciences: The Case of Access Type
Nowadays, the open access movement has become one of the most effective to make up-to-date information accessible to users. This study aimed at examining the relationship between the usage count and the number of citations of library and information sciences articles emphasizing on access type and the study used document analysis and scientometrics based on journals in the Web of Science. Open-access journals (six journals with 60 articles) and non-open access journals (ten journals with 100 articles) were selected. The www.simagojr.com site was checked to get ensured about the field of journals. The findings indicated among openaccess journals, “Information Research-An International Electronic Journal”and “Information Technology and Libraries” were the oldest and had the highest number of articles. The average number of citations was related to Transinformacao (3.3) and Journal of the Medical Library Association (112.4). The use of open access journals varied between 10.1 (Information Research) and 17.9 (Revista Espanola de Documentacion Cientifica) since 2013. Accordingly, there was no significant relationship between the usage countof the articles in open access journals and the number of citations. Among the non-open access journals, the“International Journal of Information Management” was the oldest. The average number of citations was between 120.1 for the “International Journal of Information Management” and 709.4 for”Information System Research”. The extent of using non-open access journals varied between 26.1 for “Journalofthe American Medical Informatics Association” and 181 for the “Journal of Computer -Mediated Communication”.There was significant relationship between using the articles in non-open access journals and the number of citations. The total correlation for open-access journals and non-open access journals were 0.23 and 0.40, respectively. The correlation for each journal of any access type was weak to strong.