Read before you cite! M.V. Simkin, V.P. Roychowdhury (UCLA)

Andrea Scharnhorst Andrea.Scharnhorst at NIWI.KNAW.NL
Mon Dec 9 06:07:12 EST 2002

Read before you cite!
Authors: M.V. Simkin, V.P. Roychowdhury (UCLA)
Subj-class: Disordered Systems and Neural Networks; Statistical Mechanics; Physics and Society

We report a method of estimating what percentage of people who cited a paper had actually read it. The method is based on a stochastic modeling of the citation process that explains empirical studies of misprint distributions in citations (which we show follows a Zipf law). Our estimate is only about 20% of citers read the original. 

Dr. Andrea Scharnhorst
Netherlands Institute for Scientific Information Services (NIWI)
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