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The distorted mirror of Wikipedia: a quantitative analysis of Wikipedia coverage of academics
Abstract Activity of modern scholarship creates onlActivity of modern scholarship creates online footprints galore. Along with traditional metrics of research quality, such as citation counts, online images of researchers and institutions increasingly matter in evaluating academic impact, decisions about grant allocation, and promotion. We examined 400 biographical Wikipedia articles on academics from four scientific fields to test if being featured in the world's largest online encyclopedia is correlated with higher academic notability (assessed through citation counts). We found no statistically significant correlation between Wikipedia articles metrics (length, number of edits, number of incoming links from other articles, etc.) and academic notability of the mentioned researchers. We also did not find any evidence that the scientists with better WP representation are necessarily more prominent in their fields. In addition, we inspected the Wikipedia coverage of notable scientists sampled from Thomson Reuters list of "highly cited researchers". In each of the examined fields, Wikipedia failed in covering notable scholars properly. Both findings imply that Wikipedia might be producing an inaccurate image of academics on the front end of science. By shedding light on how public perception of academic progress is formed, this study alerts that a subjective element might have been introduced into the hitherto structured system of academic evaluation. structured system of academic evaluation.
Added by wikilit team Yes  +
Collected data time dimension Cross-sectional  +
Conclusion Wikipedia failed in covering notable scholars properly
Data source Archival records  + , Wikipedia pages  +
Doi 10.1140/epjds20 +
Google scholar url http://scholar.google.com/scholar?ie=UTF-8&q=%22The%2Bdistorted%2Bmirror%2Bof%2BWikipedia%3A%2Ba%2Bquantitative%2Banalysis%2Bof%2BWikipedia%2Bcoverage%2Bof%2Bacademics%22  +
Has author Anna Samoilenko + , Taha Yasseri +
Has domain Information science +
Has topic Comprehensiveness + , Knowledge source for scholars and librarians + , Ranking and popularity +
Pages 1  +
Peer reviewed Yes  +
Publication type Journal article  +
Published in EPJ Data Science +
Publisher Springer +
Research design Statistical analysis  +
Research questions Are there correlation for living academics between Wikipedia article parameters and parameters from citation indexes of the academics?
Revid 11,479  +
Theory type Analysis  +
Title The distorted mirror of Wikipedia: a quantitative analysis of Wikipedia coverage of academics
Unit of analysis Article  + , Subject  +
Url http://www.epjdatascience.com/content/pdf/epjds20.pdf  +
Volume 3  +
Wikipedia coverage Main topic  +
Wikipedia data extraction Live Wikipedia  +
Wikipedia language English  +
Wikipedia page type Article  +
Year 2014  +
Creation dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 5 June 2014 12:47:40  +
Categories Publications with missing gscites  + , Comprehensiveness  + , Knowledge source for scholars and librarians  + , Ranking and popularity  + , Information science  + , Publications with missing theories  + , Publications with missing comments  + , Publications  + , Publications in arXiv  +
Modification dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 5 June 2014 12:47:40  +
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