September 23, 2020

Journal Article: “The Citation Advantage of Promoted Articles in a Cross‐Publisher Distribution Platform: A 12‐Month Randomized Controlled Trial”

The following full-text article was recently published by JASIST (Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology).

Title

The Citation Advantage of Promoted Articles in a Cross‐Publisher Distribution Platform: A 12‐Month Randomized Controlled Trial

Authors

Paul Kudlow MD, PhD
University of Toronto
TrendMD

Devin Bissky Dziadyk BSc
TrendMD

Alan Rutledge BSc
TrendMD

Aviv Shachak PhD
University of Toronto

Gunther Eysenbach MD, MPH
TrendMD

Source

JASIST
December 23, 2019
DOI: 10.1002/asi.24330

Abstract

There is currently a paucity of evidence‐based strategies that have been shown to increase citations of peer‐reviewed articles following their publication. We conducted a 12‐month randomized controlled trial to examine whether the promotion of article links in an online cross‐publisher distribution platform (TrendMD) affects citations. In all, 3,200 articles published in 64 peer‐reviewed journals across eight subject areas were block randomized at the subject level to either the TrendMD group (n = 1,600) or the control group (n = 1,600) of the study. Our primary outcome compares the mean citations of articles randomized to TrendMD versus control after 12 months. Articles randomized to TrendMD showed a 50% increase in mean citations relative to control at 12 months. The difference in mean citations at 12 months for articles randomized to TrendMD versus control was 5.06, 95% confidence interval [2.87, 7.25], was statistically significant (p < .001) and found in three of eight subject areas. At 6 months following publication, articles randomized to TrendMD showed a smaller, yet statistically significant (p = .005), 21% increase in mean citations, relative to control. To our knowledge, this is the first randomized controlled trial to demonstrate how an intervention can be used to increase citations of peer‐reviewed articles after they have been published.

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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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