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Impact of Wikipedia on citation trends

EXCLI Journal (Impact Factor: 0.86). 01/2013; 12:15-19. DOI: 10.17877/DE290R-14943

ABSTRACT

It has been suggested that the "visibility" of an article influences its citation count. More specifically, 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 citation counts generally increase during time, the citation "propensity" does not increase after
inclusion of a reference in Wikipedia.

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