Linking to Data – Effect on Citation Rates in Astronomy

Edwin Henneken (Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory), Alberto Accomazzi (Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory), Michael J. Kurtz (Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory)


Is there a difference in citation rates between articles that were published with links to data and articles that were not? Besides being interesting from a purely academic point of view, this question is also highly relevant for the process of furthering science. Data sharing not only helps the process of verification of claims, but also the discovery of new findings in archival data. However, linking to data still is a far cry away from being a ′practice′, especially where it comes to authors providing these links during the writing and submission process. You need to have both a willingness and a publication mechanism in order to create such a practice. Showing that articles with links to data get higher citation rates might increase the willingness of scientists to take the extra steps of linking data sources to their publications. In this presentation I will show this is indeed the case: articles with links to data result in higher citation rates than articles without such links.

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