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Amplifying the Impact of Open Access: Wikipedia and the Diffusion of Science

With the rise of Wikipedia as a first-stop source for scientific knowledge, it is important to compare its representation of that knowledge to that of the academic literature. This article approaches such a com-parison through academic references made within the world’s 50 largest Wikipedias. Previous studies have raised concerns that Wikipedia editors may simply use the most easily accessible academic sources rather than sources of the highest quality or highest status. We test this claim by identifying the 250 most heavily used journals in each of 26 research fields in-dexed by the Scopus database, and modeling whether topic, academic status, and accessibility make arti-cles from these journals more or less likely to be referenced on Wikipedia. More…

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