Access to scientific literature in India

Patrick Gaulé*

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)peer-review

16 Citations (Scopus)


This article uses an evidence-based approach to assess the difficulties faced by developing country scientists in accessing scientific literature. I compare the backward citation patterns of Swiss and Indian scientists in a database of 43,150 scientific papers published by scientists from either country in 2007. Controlling for fields and quality with citing journal fixed effects, I find that Indian scientists have shorter reference lists (-6%) and are more likely to cite articles from open access journals (+50%). Moreover, the difference in the length of the reference list is more pronounced in biology and medicine, where circulation of (free) preprints and conference proceedings is non-existent. Informal file-sharing practices among scientists mitigate the effects of access restrictions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2548-2553
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2009


Dive into the research topics of 'Access to scientific literature in India'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this