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Pontika, N. (2015). Why principal investigators funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health publish in the Public Library of Science Journals. Information Research: An International Electronic Journal, 20(1).
Renfro, P. (2011). Open access within reach: An agenda for action. Journal of Library Administration, 51(5/6), 464-475. doi:10.1080/01930826.2011.589351