What is it about?

This paper presents some indications to the existence of a citation advantage related to sharing data using astrophysics as a case. Through bibliometric analyses we find a citation advantage for astrophysical papers in core journals.

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Why is it important?

The advantage arises as indexed papers are associated with data by bibliographical links, and consists of papers receiving on average significantly more citations per paper per year, than do papers not associated with links to data.


The question remains whether it is the availability of data which leads to citations, rather than the availability of articles? For future studies it could be interesting to investigate if the distribution of referrals to data is different in a sample of articles with no datalinks. Overall, our citation analysis lends support to the inherent advantage of linking to data in astrophysical research articles.

Dr Bertil F Dorch
Syddansk Universitet

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This page is a summary of: Sharing Data Increases Citations, LIBER Quarterly The Journal of the Association of European Research Libraries, August 2016, Uopen Journals, DOI: 10.18352/lq.10149.
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