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Scientific citations in Wikipedia
Abstract The Internet-based encyclopaedia WikipediaThe Internet-based encyclopaedia Wikipedia has grown to become one of the most visited Web sites on the Internet, but critics have questioned the quality of entries. An empirical study of Wikipedia found errors in a 2005 sample of science entries. Biased coverage and lack of sources are among the Wikipedia risks." This paper describes a simple assessment of these aspects by examining the outbound links from Wikipedia articles to articles in scientific journals with a comparison against journal statistics from Journal Citation Reports such as impact factors. The results show an increasing use of structured citation markup and good agreement with citation patterns seen in the scientific literature though with a slight tendency to cite articles in high-impact journals such as Nature and Science. These results increase confidence in Wikipedia as a reliable information resource for science in general.formation resource for science in general.
Added by wikilit team Added on initial load  +
Collected data time dimension Cross-sectional  +
Conclusion The results show an increasing use of struThe results show an increasing use of structured citation markup and good agreement with citation patterns seen in the scientific literature though with a slight tendency to cite articles in high–impact journals such as Nature and Science. These results increase confidence in Wikipedia as a reliable information resource for science in general.formation resource for science in general.
Data source Wikipedia pages  +
Google scholar url http://scholar.google.com/scholar?ie=UTF-8&q=%22Scientific%2Bcitations%2Bin%2BWikipedia%22  +
Has author Finn Årup Nielsen +
Has domain Information systems +
Has topic Reliability +
Issue 8  +
Pages 6  +
Peer reviewed Yes  +
Publication type Journal article  +
Published in First Monday +
Research design Statistical analysis  +
Research questions The Internet–based encyclopædia Wikipedia The Internet–based encyclopædia Wikipedia has grown to become one of the most visited Web sites on the Internet, but critics have questioned the quality of entries. An empirical study of Wikipedia found errors in a 2005 sample of science entries. Biased coverage and lack of sources are among the “Wikipedia risks.” This paper describes a simple assessment of these aspects by examining the outbound links from Wikipedia articles to articles in scientific journals with a comparison against journal statistics from Journal Citation Reports such as impact factors.l Citation Reports such as impact factors.
Revid 10,935  +
Theories Undetermined
Theory type Analysis  +
Title Scientific citations in Wikipedia
Unit of analysis N/A  +
Url http://firstmonday.org/htbin/cgiwrap/bin/ojs/index.php/fm/article/view/1997/1872  +
Volume 12  +
Wikipedia coverage Main topic  +
Wikipedia data extraction Dump  +
Wikipedia language English  +
Wikipedia page type Article  +
Year 2007  +
Creation dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 15 March 2012 20:30:08  +
Categories Reliability  + , Information systems  + , Publications with missing comments  + , Publications  +
Modification dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 30 January 2014 20:31:16  +
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