Are wikipedia citations important evidence of the impact of scholarly articles and books?

  title={Are wikipedia citations important evidence of the impact of scholarly articles and books?},
  author={Kayvan Kousha and Mike A Thelwall},
  journal={Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology},
  • K. Kousha, M. Thelwall
  • Published 1 March 2017
  • Education
  • Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology
Individual academics and research evaluators often need to assess the value of published research. Although citation counts are a recognized indicator of scholarly impact, alternative data is needed to provide evidence of other types of impact, including within education and wider society. Wikipedia is a logical choice for both of these because the role of a general encyclopaedia is to be an understandable repository of facts about a diverse array of topics and hence it may cite research to… 
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