January 17, 2021

New Research Article: “Tracing Digital Footprints to Academic Articles: An Investigation of PeerJ Publication Referral Data”

A new research article (preprint) made available on arXiv in the past day.

Title

Tracing Digital Footprints to Academic Articles: An Investigation of PeerJ Publication Referral Data

Authors

Xianwen Wang
WISE Lab, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Dalian University of Technology, China

Shenmeng Xu
School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Zhichao Fang
WISE Lab, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Dalian University of Technology, China

Source

via arXiv

Abstract

In this study, we propose a novel way to explore the patterns of people’s visits to academic articles.

About 3.4 million links to referral source of visitors of 1432 papers published in the journal of PeerJ are collected and analyzed.

We find that at least 57% visits are from external referral sources, among which General Search Engine, Social Network, and News & Blog are the top three categories of referrals. Academic Resource, including academic search engines and academic publishers’ sites, is the fourth largest category of referral sources. In addition, our results show that Google contributes significantly the most in directing people to scholarly articles. This encompasses the usage of Google the search engine, Google Scholar the academic search engine, and diverse specific country domains of them. Focusing on similar disciplines to PeerJ’s publication scope, NCBI is the academic search engine on which people are the most frequently directed to PeerJ.

Correlation analysis and regression analysis indicates that papers with more mentions are expected to have more visitors, and Facebook, Twitter and Reddit are the most commonly used social networking tools that refer people to PeerJ.

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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