Impact of Wikipedia on citation trends

EXCLI Journal (Impact Factor: 0.86). 01/2013; 12:15-19.


It has been suggested that the "visibility" of an article influences its citation count. More spe-cifically, it is believed that the social media can influence article citations.Here we tested the hypothesis that inclusion of scholarly references in Wikipedia affects the citation trends. To perform this analysis, we introduced a citation "propensity" measure, which is inspired by the concept of amino acid propensity for protein secondary structures. We show that although ci-tation counts generally increase during time, the citation "propensity" does not increase after inclusion of a reference in Wikipedia.

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