Does Astronomy research become too dated for the public? Wikipedia citations to Astronomy and Astrophysics journal articles 1996-2014

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/2436/620281
Title:
Does Astronomy research become too dated for the public? Wikipedia citations to Astronomy and Astrophysics journal articles 1996-2014
Authors:
Thelwall, Mike ( 0000-0001-6065-205X )
Abstract:
Astronomy is a natural science attracting substantial public interest. On a human scale, most individual celestial objects are essentially unchanging but is the same true for interest in astronomy research? This article uses the popular online encyclopedia Wikipedia as a proxy for public interest in academic research and assesses the extent to which it cites astronomy and astrophysics articles published between 1996 and 2014. Automatic Bing searches in Webometric Analyst were used to count the number of citations to astronomy and astrophysics articles from Wikipedia. The results show that older papers from before 2008 are increasingly less likely to be cited. This is true overall and in most of the major language versions of Wikipedia, although it may reflect editors’ interests rather than the public’s interests. This is consistent with a moderate tendency towards obsolescence in public interest in research, although it is probably affected by the dates on which most Wikipedia content on the topic was created. Papers may become obsolete if they report evidence that are later superseded by improved data or if they propose a model that is later replaced.
Citation:
Does Astronomy research become too dated for the public? Wikipedia citations to Astronomy and Astrophysics journal articles 1996-2014 2016, 25 (6):893 El Profesional de la Información
Publisher:
Fundacion Espanola para la ciencia y la technologia
Journal:
El Profesional de la Información
Issue Date:
14-Nov-2016
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/2436/620281
DOI:
10.3145/epi.2016.nov.06
Additional Links:
http://recyt.fecyt.es/index.php/EPI/article/view/epi.2016.nov.06
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
1386-6710
Appears in Collections:
Statistical Cybermetrics Research Group

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dc.contributor.authorThelwall, Mikeen
dc.date.accessioned2016-11-15T15:48:52Z-
dc.date.available2016-11-15T15:48:52Z-
dc.date.issued2016-11-14-
dc.identifier.citationDoes Astronomy research become too dated for the public? Wikipedia citations to Astronomy and Astrophysics journal articles 1996-2014 2016, 25 (6):893 El Profesional de la Informaciónen
dc.identifier.issn1386-6710en
dc.identifier.doi10.3145/epi.2016.nov.06-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2436/620281-
dc.description.abstractAstronomy is a natural science attracting substantial public interest. On a human scale, most individual celestial objects are essentially unchanging but is the same true for interest in astronomy research? This article uses the popular online encyclopedia Wikipedia as a proxy for public interest in academic research and assesses the extent to which it cites astronomy and astrophysics articles published between 1996 and 2014. Automatic Bing searches in Webometric Analyst were used to count the number of citations to astronomy and astrophysics articles from Wikipedia. The results show that older papers from before 2008 are increasingly less likely to be cited. This is true overall and in most of the major language versions of Wikipedia, although it may reflect editors’ interests rather than the public’s interests. This is consistent with a moderate tendency towards obsolescence in public interest in research, although it is probably affected by the dates on which most Wikipedia content on the topic was created. Papers may become obsolete if they report evidence that are later superseded by improved data or if they propose a model that is later replaced.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherFundacion Espanola para la ciencia y la technologiaen
dc.relation.urlhttp://recyt.fecyt.es/index.php/EPI/article/view/epi.2016.nov.06en
dc.rightsArchived with thanks to El Profesional de la Informaciónen
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/*
dc.subjectWikipediaen
dc.subjectcitation analysisen
dc.subjectscience communicationen
dc.titleDoes Astronomy research become too dated for the public? Wikipedia citations to Astronomy and Astrophysics journal articles 1996-2014en
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalEl Profesional de la Informaciónen
dc.date.accepted2016-09-
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