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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/2436/620209
Title:
Avoiding obscure topics and generalising findings produces higher impact research
Authors:
Thelwall, Mike ( 0000-0001-6065-205X )
Abstract:
Much academic research is never cited and may be rarely read, indicating wasted effort from the authors, referees and publishers. One reason that an article could be ignored is that its topic is, or appears to be, too obscure to be of wide interest, even if excellent scholarship produced it. This paper reports a word frequency analysis of 874,411 English article titles from 18 different Scopus natural, formal, life and health sciences categories 2009-2015 to assess the likelihood that research on obscure (rarely researched) topics is less cited. In all categories examined, unusual words in article titles associate with below average citation impact research. Thus, researchers considering obscure topics may wish to reconsider, generalise their study, or to choose a title that reflects the wider lessons that can be drawn. Authors should also consider including multiple concepts and purposes within their titles in order to attract a wider audience.
Citation:
Avoiding obscure topics and generalising findings produces higher impact research 2016 Scientometrics
Publisher:
Springer
Journal:
Scientometrics
Issue Date:
11-Oct-2016
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/2436/620209
DOI:
10.1007/s11192-016-2159-z
Additional Links:
http://link.springer.com/10.1007/s11192-016-2159-z
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
0138-9130
Appears in Collections:
Statistical Cybermetrics Research Group

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dc.contributor.authorThelwall, Mikeen
dc.date.accessioned2016-10-14T14:14:00Z-
dc.date.available2016-10-14T14:14:00Z-
dc.date.issued2016-10-11-
dc.identifier.citationAvoiding obscure topics and generalising findings produces higher impact research 2016 Scientometricsen
dc.identifier.issn0138-9130en
dc.identifier.doi10.1007/s11192-016-2159-z-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2436/620209-
dc.description.abstractMuch academic research is never cited and may be rarely read, indicating wasted effort from the authors, referees and publishers. One reason that an article could be ignored is that its topic is, or appears to be, too obscure to be of wide interest, even if excellent scholarship produced it. This paper reports a word frequency analysis of 874,411 English article titles from 18 different Scopus natural, formal, life and health sciences categories 2009-2015 to assess the likelihood that research on obscure (rarely researched) topics is less cited. In all categories examined, unusual words in article titles associate with below average citation impact research. Thus, researchers considering obscure topics may wish to reconsider, generalise their study, or to choose a title that reflects the wider lessons that can be drawn. Authors should also consider including multiple concepts and purposes within their titles in order to attract a wider audience.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherSpringeren
dc.relation.urlhttp://link.springer.com/10.1007/s11192-016-2159-zen
dc.rightsArchived with thanks to Scientometricsen
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/*
dc.subjectCitation analysisen
dc.subjectarticle titlesen
dc.subjectresearch impacten
dc.subjectword frequenciesen
dc.subjectacademic Englishen
dc.titleAvoiding obscure topics and generalising findings produces higher impact researchen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalScientometricsen
dc.date.accepted2016-10-
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rioxxterms.licenseref.startdate2016-10-10en
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