Science Is Shaped by Wikipedia: Evidence From a Randomized Control Trial

@article{Thompson2018ScienceIS,
  title={Science Is Shaped by Wikipedia: Evidence From a Randomized Control Trial},
  author={Neil C. Thompson and Douglas Hanley},
  journal={Social Science Research Network},
  year={2018}
}
“I sometimes think that general and popular treatises are almost as important for the progress of science as original work.” - Charles Darwin, 1865. As the largest encyclopedia in the world, it is not surprising that Wikipedia reflects the state of scientific knowledge. However, Wikipedia is also one of the most accessed websites in the world, including by scientists, which suggests that it also has the potential to shape science. This paper shows that it does. Incorporating ideas into… Expand
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