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

@article{Kousha2017AreWC,
  title={Are wikipedia citations important evidence of the impact of scholarly articles and books?},
  author={Kayvan Kousha and Mike Thelwall},
  journal={JASIST},
  year={2017},
  volume={68},
  pages={762-779}
}
Individual academics and research evaluators often need to assess the value of published research. Whilst citation counts are a recognised 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… CONTINUE READING