Does Media Coverage Increase Citations

Ivan Oransky, Editor of Reuters Health, recently asked if lay media coverage increased citations.
Does Coverage Mean More Citations?Articles… covered by the Timesreceived a disproportionate number of scientific citations in each of the 10 years after the… articles appeared. The effect was strongest in the first year after publication, when… articles publicized by the Times received 72.8% more scientific citations than control articles. This effect was not present for articles published during the strike; articles covered by the Timesduring this period were no more likely to be cited than those not covered.–Phillips D et al. Importance of the lay press in the transmission of medical knowledge to the scientific community. NEJM 1991

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About Michael McBurney

Personal Blog | Nutrition science | Generally curious about impact of social media and open access journals on science communication. Employed by DSM.
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