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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/2436/620361
Title:
News stories as evidence for research? BBC citations from articles, books and Wikipedia
Authors:
Kousha, Kayvan ( 0000-0003-4827-971X ) ; Thelwall, Mike ( 0000-0001-6065-205X )
Abstract:
Although news stories target the general public and are sometimes inaccurate, they can serve as sources of real-world information for researchers. This article investigates the extent to which academics exploit journalism using content and citation analyses of online BBC News stories cited by Scopus articles. A total of 27,234 Scopus-indexed publications have cited at least one BBC News story, with a steady annual increase. Citations from arts and humanities (2.8% of publications in 2015) and social sciences (1.5%) were more likely than citations from medicine (0.1%) and science (<0.1%). Surprisingly, half of the sampled Scopus-cited science and technology (53%) and medicine and health (47%) stories were based on academic research, rather than otherwise unpublished information, suggesting that researchers have chosen a lower quality secondary source for their citations. Nevertheless, the BBC News stories that were most frequently cited by Scopus, Google Books and Wikipedia introduced new information from many different topics, including politics, business, economics, statistics, and reports about events. Thus, news stories are mediating real world knowledge into the academic domain, a potential cause for concern.
Publisher:
Wiley
Journal:
Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology
Issue Date:
17-Jul-2017
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/2436/620361
Additional Links:
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1002/(ISSN)2330-1643/issues
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
2330-1643
Appears in Collections:
Statistical Cybermetrics Research Group

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dc.contributor.authorKousha, Kayvanen
dc.contributor.authorThelwall, Mikeen
dc.date.accessioned2017-02-01T16:24:29Z-
dc.date.available2017-02-01T16:24:29Z-
dc.date.issued2017-07-17-
dc.identifier.issn2330-1643en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2436/620361-
dc.description.abstractAlthough news stories target the general public and are sometimes inaccurate, they can serve as sources of real-world information for researchers. This article investigates the extent to which academics exploit journalism using content and citation analyses of online BBC News stories cited by Scopus articles. A total of 27,234 Scopus-indexed publications have cited at least one BBC News story, with a steady annual increase. Citations from arts and humanities (2.8% of publications in 2015) and social sciences (1.5%) were more likely than citations from medicine (0.1%) and science (<0.1%). Surprisingly, half of the sampled Scopus-cited science and technology (53%) and medicine and health (47%) stories were based on academic research, rather than otherwise unpublished information, suggesting that researchers have chosen a lower quality secondary source for their citations. Nevertheless, the BBC News stories that were most frequently cited by Scopus, Google Books and Wikipedia introduced new information from many different topics, including politics, business, economics, statistics, and reports about events. Thus, news stories are mediating real world knowledge into the academic domain, a potential cause for concern.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherWileyen
dc.relation.urlhttp://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1002/(ISSN)2330-1643/issuesen
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/*
dc.subjectBBCen
dc.subjectNews Storiesen
dc.subjectScholarly communicationen
dc.subjectcitation analysisen
dc.subjectScopusen
dc.subjectGoogle Booksen
dc.subjectWikipediaen
dc.titleNews stories as evidence for research? BBC citations from articles, books and Wikipediaen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalJournal of the Association for Information Science and Technologyen
dc.date.accepted2017-01-
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rioxxterms.licenseref.startdate2017-04-01en
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