CH1211, Genève 23, Switzerland
and Travis C. Brooks
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory4
Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park, CA 94309, United States of America
This field is uniquely placed to answer recurrent questions raised by the current trends in scholarly communication: is there an advantage for scientists to make their work available through repositories, often in preliminary form? Is there an advantage to publishing in Open Access journals? Do scientists still read journals or do they use digital repositories?
The analysis of citation data demonstrates that free and immediate online dissemination of preprints creates an immense citation advantage in HEP, whereas publication in Open Access journals presents no discernible advantage. In addition, the analysis of clickstreams in the leading digital library of the field shows that HEP scientists seldom read journals, preferring preprints instead.
Report number: CERN-OPEN-2009-007, SLAC-PUB-13693
For complete report in pdf, visit: http://arxiv.org/abs/0906.