Ball, P (Ball, Philip) A longer paper gathers more citations NATURE, 455 (7211): 274-275 SEP 18 2008
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Author(s): Ball, P (Ball, Philip)
Title: A longer paper gathers more citations
Source: NATURE, 455 (7211): 274-275 SEP 18 2008
Excerpt: Researchers could garner more citations simply by making their
papers longer, a study seems to imply.
In an analysis of 30,027 peer-reviews papers published between 2000 and
2004 in top astronomy journals, astronomer Krzystof Stanek of Ohio State
University in Columbus found that the median number of citations increases
with the length of the paper - from just 6 for papers of 2-3 pages to
about 50 for 50-page papers.
There is, however, a limit to the benefits of size: citations start to
tail off when papers reach lengths of 80 pages or so, perhaps because
fewer people have the stamina to read them.
It is unexpected, says astronomer Jorg Dietrich of the European Southern
Observatory headquarters in Germany, who recently conducted a similar
analysis and found the same results but didn't publish them. "I expected
that shorter papers would be cited more than longer ones," he says. "I
assumed that people don't have time to read long papers."
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