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Date of this Version

Summer 5-2-2021


The purpose of this bibliometric study was to examine the status of Open Access (OA) scholarly productivity in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) from 1980 to 2020. To meet the objectives of the study, a bibliometric method was used and data on KSA publications were retrieved from InCites tool of Clarivate Analytics. The study revealed that KSA is positioned at the 41st place in open access publications in the world and has the highest percentage of OA publications among the countries of the world. The last ten years found a momentous increase in OA publications in KSA. The citation graph of OA publications has also increased and highest citations were recorded in the year 2015. The King Saud University was on the top in publishing OA publications but the most cited works were observed by the authors affiliated with King Abdulaziz University. The impact factor of the top 15 OA journals of KSA ranged from 0.59 - 4.76. The highest collaborated country was the USA in the OA research works of Saudi researchers. The county achieved better OA publications in the subject of clinical medicine, however, a small number of OA publications were found in the subject of economics, and business. This study recommended that the KSA government should take steps to further promote OA publications and raise funds to support this model. Similarly, all KSA academic and funding institutions should make policies to acknowledge and promote OA publications.