Joe: that's the same question the alt-metrics people were getting at
in the paper I posted earlier... does being cited in WP give you a
measurable citations boost? Does the same boost carry over even if the
work is only in print or behind a paywall vs open access? Or, does it
have an effect at all on citations (versus *viewings*, where the
additional exposure in WP must make a difference) since most published
scholarship depends on larger lit reviews than are typically done in
WP -- and there is a larger filter effect at work among the body of
already published literature that may have a stronger effect on what
gets cited and what doesn't?
>From the "building an encyclopedia" perspective, it's in Wikipedia's
interest to cite general works, famous works, and review papers/works,
which already are more likely to be more highly cited than average
research papers. So one possibility is any citation boost from
citations in WP just reinforces existing citation trends.
On Sat, Apr 21, 2012 at 11:01 AM, Joe Corneli <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> Another interesting question (that would take a broader scope) would
> look at the frequency of *downstream* citations to works that are
> cited in Wikipedia versus all other citations.
> Per usual, correlation would definitely not be causation, BUT my usual
> practice is
> 1. Google
> 2. Wikipedia
> 3. Read some of the papers cited
> 4. (A miracle occurs)
> 5. Write my own paper
> Interesting to wonder how many of the papers read at step 3 survive
> the semantic leap to step 5.
> On Sat, Apr 21, 2012 at 5:52 PM, phoebe ayers <email@example.com> wrote:
>> Thank you everyone! Grouplens folks, if you could send a link to your
>> work too, that would be awesome.
>> What I'm curious about: if we can give (within an order of magnitude,
>> say) an approximation of how many sources are cited within Wikipedia
>> -- then maybe broken out into references to printed works and
>> references to online-only, etc. What does our project look like viewed
>> as an ad-hoc catalog of scholarship? How does that compare to the
>> major databases? (It's going to be a tiny, tiny percentage of the
>> total scholarship in the world -- Pubmed has 21M records, Worldcat
>> around 246M -- but how tiny?) This may only be answerable if someone
>> creates a wikicite project :)
>> On Sat, Apr 21, 2012 at 7:52 AM, Paolo Massa <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
>>> I know of this paper
>>> "Scientific citations in Wikipedia" by Finn Årup Nielsen
>>> First Monday, volume 12, number 8 (August 2007),
>>> URL: http://firstmonday.org/issues/issue12_8/nielsen/index.html
>>> but, as the title says, it took into account only citations to
>>> scientific journals.
>>> On Fri, Apr 20, 2012 at 7:31 PM, phoebe ayers <email@example.com> wrote:
>>>> Hi all,
>>>> Has there been any research done into: the number of citations (e.g.
>>>> to books, journal articles, online sources, everything together) on
>>>> Wikipedia (any language, or all)? The distribution of citations over
>>>> different kinds or qualities of articles? # of uses of citation
>>>> templates? Anything like this?
>>>> I realize this is hard to count, averages are meaningless in this
>>>> context, and any number will no doubt be imprecise! But anything would
>>>> be helpful. I have vague memories of seeing some citation studies like
>>>> this but don't remember the details.
>>>> -- phoebe
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