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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/2436/620522
Title:
How quickly do publications get read? The evolution of Mendeley reader counts for new articles
Authors:
Maflahi, Nabeil; Thelwall, Mike ( 0000-0001-6065-205X )
Abstract:
Within science, citation counts are widely used to estimate research impact but publication delays mean that they are not useful for recent research. This gap can be filled by Mendeley reader counts, which are valuable early impact indicators for academic articles because they appear before citations and correlate strongly with them. Nevertheless, it is not known how Mendeley readership counts accumulate within the year of publication, and so it is unclear how soon they can be used. In response, this paper reports a longitudinal weekly study of the Mendeley readers of articles in six library and information science journals from 2016. The results suggest that Mendeley readers accrue from when articles are first available online and continue to steadily build. For journals with large publication delays, articles can already have substantial numbers of readers by their publication date. Thus, Mendeley reader counts may even be useful as early impact indicators for articles before they have been officially published in a journal issue. If field normalised indicators are needed, then these can be generated when journal issues are published using the online first date.
Publisher:
Wiley-Blackwell
Journal:
Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology
Issue Date:
Sep-2017
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/2436/620522
Additional Links:
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1002/(ISSN)2330-1643
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
2330-1643
Appears in Collections:
Statistical Cybermetrics Research Group

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dc.contributor.authorMaflahi, Nabeilen
dc.contributor.authorThelwall, Mikeen
dc.date.accessioned2017-06-22T10:56:07Z-
dc.date.available2017-06-22T10:56:07Z-
dc.date.issued2017-09-
dc.identifier.issn2330-1643en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2436/620522-
dc.description.abstractWithin science, citation counts are widely used to estimate research impact but publication delays mean that they are not useful for recent research. This gap can be filled by Mendeley reader counts, which are valuable early impact indicators for academic articles because they appear before citations and correlate strongly with them. Nevertheless, it is not known how Mendeley readership counts accumulate within the year of publication, and so it is unclear how soon they can be used. In response, this paper reports a longitudinal weekly study of the Mendeley readers of articles in six library and information science journals from 2016. The results suggest that Mendeley readers accrue from when articles are first available online and continue to steadily build. For journals with large publication delays, articles can already have substantial numbers of readers by their publication date. Thus, Mendeley reader counts may even be useful as early impact indicators for articles before they have been officially published in a journal issue. If field normalised indicators are needed, then these can be generated when journal issues are published using the online first date.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherWiley-Blackwellen
dc.relation.urlhttp://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1002/(ISSN)2330-1643en
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/*
dc.subjectAltmetricsen
dc.subjectMendeleyen
dc.titleHow quickly do publications get read? The evolution of Mendeley reader counts for new articlesen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalJournal of the Association for Information Science and Technologyen
dc.date.accepted2017-05-
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rioxxterms.licenseref.startdate2017-9-22en
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