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New Technology of Library and Information Service  2015, Vol. 31 Issue (11): 75-81    DOI: 10.11925/infotech.1003-3513.2015.11.11
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An Analysis of the Accumulation State and the Validity of User Readership Data in Online Reference Managers ——Take the Indicators of Altmetrics as an Example
Jin Wei, Zhao Rongying, Yin Ge
School of Information Management, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430072, China
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[Objective] The research investigates whether user readership data in Mendeley is reliable and useful in evaluating scientific literatures and whether user readership data can reveal high quality articles, to validate the indicators of Altmetrics in scientific evaluation.[Methods] The paper selects a number of articles, collects these articles' citations in Web of Science (WoS) and Google Scholar (GS) and user readership data in Mendeley, and then makes statistical and correlational analyses.[Results] Mendeley has accumulated much more user data than before. Articles' user readership data have strong relationship with the citations in WoS and GS. However, the relationship between user counts and citations in the articles that have highest citations in WoS is relatively weaker.[Limitations] In this research, articles come from less journals in a specific field, that may make it be lack of representativeness and comprehensiveness.[Conclusions] User readership data could be useful to act as a supplement of present scientific evaluation indicators.

Received: 28 May 2015      Published: 06 April 2016
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Jin Wei, Zhao Rongying, Yin Ge. An Analysis of the Accumulation State and the Validity of User Readership Data in Online Reference Managers ——Take the Indicators of Altmetrics as an Example. New Technology of Library and Information Service, 2015, 31(11): 75-81.

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