Thursday, August 13, 2015

An average academic journal article is read in its entirety by about 10 people

Asit K. Biswas And Julian Kirchherr write:

Up to 1.5 million peer-reviewed articles are published annually. However, many are ignored even within scientific communities. 82 per cent of articles published in humanities are not even cited once. 

If a paper is cited, this does not imply it has actually been read. According to one estimate, only 20 per cent of papers cited have actually been read. We estimate that an average paper in a peer-reviewed journal is read completely by no more than 10 people.

We know of no senior policymaker or senior business leader who ever read regularly any peer-reviewed papers in well-recognised journals like Nature, Science or Lancet.

The entire article, titled "Prof, No One is Reading You," appeared in The Straits Times.

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