Open Access Article Quality: Error Rates in References as an Indicator
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Your Name and Title: Joseph Kraus, Collections & E-Resources Analysis Librarian
Library, School, or Organization Name: Penrose Library, University of Denver
Area of the World from Which You Will Present: USA, Mountain Time, Denver, Colorado
Language in Which You Will Present: English
Target Audience(s): Librarians interested in Open Access and Scholarly Communication issues.
Short Session Description (one line): The presenter will show that Open Access articles have similar error rates in the reference sections when compared to journal articles on similar topics from traditional commercial publishers.
Full Session Description (as long as you would like): There are some individuals and publishers who claim that articles from Open Access journals are of lower quality when compared to articles that are published in traditional society or commercial journals. While the impact factor is often touted as an indicator of journal quality, that provides the average number of citations to articles in the journal over a two to five year span. It is difficult to evaluate the quality of individual journal articles. The presenter considers another method to determine the quality of individual articles. He determined the error rates and typos that are found in the reference sections of articles. He compared the error rates from the reference sections of several Open Access articles with those from commercial publishers. While journal editors may not check for errors within article references, it could be considered a method to determine the carefulness of authors, and hence, a quality indicator of articles.