In addition to its broad popularity Wikipedia is also widely used for scholarly purposes. Many Wikipedia pages pertain to academic papers, scholars and topics providing a rich ecology for scholarly uses. Although many recognize the scholarly potential of Wikipedia, as a crowdsourced encyclopedia its authority and quality is questioned due to the lack of rig-
orous peer-review and supervision. Scholarly references and mentions on Wikipedia may thus shape the\societal impact" of a certain scholarly communication item, but it is not clear whether they shape actual \academic impact". In this paper we compare the impact of papers, scholars, and topics according to two dierent measures, namely scholarly citations and Wikipedia mentions. Our results show that academic and Wikipedia impact are positively correlated. Papers, authors, and topics that are mentioned on Wikipedia have higher academic impact than those are not mentioned. Our ndings validate the hypothesis that Wikipedia can help assess the impact of scholarly publications and underpin relevance indicators for scholarly retrieval or recommendation systems.
The authors: "This implies that Wikipedia does serve as a collaborative social ltering system which is able to favor \classical" papers, authors, and topics, and recommend them to the general public."
A Comparative Study of Academic Impact and Wikipedia Ranking
Xin Shuai, Zhuoren Jiang, Xiaozhong Liu and Johan Bollen. JCDL 2013, Indianopolis, Indiana
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