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Did you Ask for Citations? An Insight into Preprint Citations en route to Open Science

Version 1 : Received: 15 April 2021 / Approved: 16 April 2021 / Online: 16 April 2021 (16:45:49 CEST)

How to cite: Pagliaro, M. Did you Ask for Citations? An Insight into Preprint Citations en route to Open Science. Preprints 2021, 2021040448 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202104.0448.v1). Pagliaro, M. Did you Ask for Citations? An Insight into Preprint Citations en route to Open Science. Preprints 2021, 2021040448 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202104.0448.v1).

Abstract

Preprints are regularly cited in peer reviewed journal articles, books and conference paper. Are preprint citations somehow less important than citations to peer reviewed research papers? This study investigates citation patterns between 2017 and 2020 for preprints published in three preprint servers, one specializing in biology (bioRxiv), one in chemistry (ChemRxiv), and another hosting preprints in all disciplines (Research Square). As evaluation of scholarship continues to largely rely on citation-based metrics, this analysis and its outcomes will be useful to inform new research-based education in today’s scholarly communication.

Subject Areas

preprint; citations; scholarly communication; open science; peer review; impact factor

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