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A high journal impact factor (JIF) is widely regarded as an indicator of the quality of a journal and of the papers published therein. However, this measure of citation frequency is not uncontroversial because by no means all scholarly journals are covered, and certain document types are excluded altogether. Moreover, the JIF is not calculated on the basis of individual papers, but is a journal-level metric.
Usage statistics are an alternative to the JIF. They reflect the level of interest in accessing the content of an individual article and thereby enable item-level, usage-based assessment. Moreover, recommendation services and relevance criteria can be developed on the basis of usage patterns.
Open-access documents are not subject to any access restrictions. Hence they form a very good basis for the collection of usage statistics and the establishment of a standardised, internationally comparable procedure.
OA-Statistics has adopted these arguments in order to
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