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Doctoral thesis highly commended

January 9, 2009

The Emerald Group Publishing Limited have informed the Department that Dr. Michael Norris has been named as a Highly Commended Award winner of the 2008 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Award in the Information Science category for his doctoral thesis ‘The citation advantage of open access articles’.   These prestigious awards have now been running for four years and attract submissions of an exceptionally high quality from across the globe in all subject areas. 

Michael was awarded his Ph.D. in the autumn of 2008 and is continuing to work on a research project in DIS.  Charles Oppenheim, Head of Department commented: “This recognition of Dr. Norris’ research is richly deserved. His outstanding research explored the topical and contentious issue of whether Open Access journal articles receive more citations than toll access journals, and if so, why. His work demonstrated that the reasons for the increase of citations are complex and cannot be explained away in a simplistic fashion, as some have tried to do.”

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