Wikipedia popularity from a citation analysis point of view

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Wikipedia popularity from a citation analysis point of view
Authors: Alireza Noruzi
Citation: Webology 6 (2): missing pages. 2009 June
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Wikipedia popularity from a citation analysis point of view is an editorial on ingoing citations to Wikipedia and Encyclopeadia Britannica with the use of ISI Web of Science.

[edit] Results

With the queries issued to the ISI Web of Science service Noruzi found 263 citations to Wikipedia in the six year period from 2004 to 2009, and with a peak in 2007.

A similar query found that Encyclopaedia Brittanica was only cited 10 times.

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[edit] Critique

  1. The query on ISI Web of Science uses "Cited Work=(Wikipedia*)". However, this query does not give the correct number of citations to Wikipedia as it also counts papers that cites other papers that have the word "Wikipedia" in the title. For example How and why do college students use Wikipedia? does not cite Wikipedia, but cites a number of other papers and reports that have the work "Wikipedia" in the title.
  2. A "Cited Reference Search" on "Cited Author" with "Wikipedia" or "ENCYCLOPAEDIA" and "Brittanica" as the author would give further results.
  3. The article states "Americans cite Wikipedia more than others" but the data is not normalized with respect to population or scientific output. The same issue arises for the statistics on languages.
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