Answered By: Laura Sider
Last Updated: Mar 09, 2017     Views: 15

Q: When I look at articles in Google Scholar, sometimes I see that the article has been cited by other authors. Is that important?
Answered by: Laura Sider

That depends. For articles over a few years old, higher numbers of citations usually mean that other researchers in the field value the contribution the author(s) made through that article. The article has impacted the citing authors' scholarship. For articles published within the past 2-3 years, it can be more difficult to assess a paper using this strategy. While some papers receive high citation counts quickly, most don't because scholarly conversations take time.

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