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Unpublished Paper
How often do economists self-archive?
Department of Economics, UCSB (2007)
  • Ted C Bergstrom, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Rosemarie Lavaty

To answer the question of the paper's title, we looked at the tables of contents from two recent issues of 33 economics journals and attempted to find a freely available online version of each article. We found that about 90 percent of articles in the most-cited economics journals and about 50 percent of articles in less-cited journals are available. We conduct a similar exercise for political science and find that only about 30 percent of the articles are freely available. The paper reports a regression analysis of the effects of author and article characteristics on likelihood of posing and it discusses the implications of self-archiving for the pricing of subscription-based academic journals.

  • open access,
  • self-archiving,
  • academic journals,
  • citations,
  • impact factor,
  • journal prices
Publication Date
February 8, 2007
Citation Information
Ted C Bergstrom and Rosemarie Lavaty. "How often do economists self-archive?" Department of Economics, UCSB (2007)
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