The citation advantage of linking publications to research data.
Public Library of Science (PLoS)
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Colavizza, G., Hrynaszkiewicz, I., Staden, I., Whitaker, K., & McGillivray, B. (2020). The citation advantage of linking publications to research data.. PloS one, 15 (4), e0230416. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0230416
Efforts to make research results open and reproducible are increasingly reflected by journal policies encouraging or mandating authors to provide data availability statements. As a consequence of this, there has been a strong uptake of data availability statements in recent literature. Nevertheless, it is still unclear what proportion of these statements actually contain well-formed links to data, for example via a URL or permanent identifier, and if there is an added value in providing such links. We consider $531,889$ journal articles published by PLOS and BMC, develop an automatic system for labelling their data availability statements according to four categories based on their content and the type of data availability they display, and finally analyze the citation advantage of different statement categories via regression. We find that, following mandated publisher policies, data availability statements have become common by now, yet statements containing a link to a repository are still just a fraction of the total. We also find that articles with these statements, in particular, can have up to 25.36\% higher citation impact on average: an encouraging result for all publishers and authors who make the effort of sharing their data. All our data and code are made available in order to reproduce and extend our results.
Humans, Research, Publications, Information Services, Journal Impact Factor, Knowledge Discovery
Alan Turing Institute (EP/N510129/1)
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External DOI: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0230416
This record's URL: https://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/303091
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