Open Access uptake by universities worldwide

Nicolas Robinson-Garcia*, Rodrigo Costas, Thed N. van Leeuwen

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The implementation of policies promoting the adoption of an open science (OS) culture must be accompanied by indicators that allow monitoring the uptake of such policies and their potential effects on research publishing and sharing practices. This study presents indicators of open access (OA) at the institutional level for universities worldwide. By combining data from Web of Science, Unpaywall and the Leiden Ranking disambiguation of institutions, we track OA coverage of universities’ output for 963 institutions. This paper presents the methodological challenges, conceptual discrepancies and limitations and discusses further steps needed to move forward the discussion on fostering OA and OS practices and policies.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere9410
Number of pages20
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • Open access
  • Open science
  • Research assessment
  • Research policy
  • Science of science
  • Scientometrics
  • Universities
  • Unpaywall


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