Should we introduce a dislike button for academic articles?

Agnieszka Geras , Grzegorz Siudem , Marek Gągolewski


There is a mutual resemblance between the behavior of users of the Stack Exchange and the dynamics of the citations accumulation process in the scientific community, which enabled us to tackle the outwardly intractable problem of assessing the impact of introducing “negative” citations. Although the most frequent reason to cite an article is to highlight the connection between the 2 publications, researchers sometimes mention an earlier work to cast a negative light. While computing citation-based scores, for instance, the h-index, information about the reason why an article was mentioned is neglected. Therefore, it can be questioned whether these indices describe scientific achievements accurately. In this article we shed insight into the problem of “negative” citations, analyzing data from Stack Exchange and, to draw more universal conclusions, we derive an approximation of citations scores. Here we show that the quantified influence of introducing negative citations is of lesser importance and that they could be used as an indicator of where the attention of the scientific community is allocated.

Author Agnieszka Geras (FMIS)
Agnieszka Geras,,
- Faculty of Mathematics and Information Science
, Grzegorz Siudem (FP / PCSD)
Grzegorz Siudem,,
- Physics of Complex Systems Divison
, Marek Gągolewski (FMIS / DIE) - [Systems Research Institute (IBS PAN) [Polish Academy of Sciences (PAN)]]
Marek Gągolewski,,
- Department of Integral Equations
- Instytucie Badań Systemowych
Journal seriesJournal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, ISSN 2330-1635, e-ISSN 2330-1643, (N/A 140 pkt)
Issue year2019
Publication size in sheets0.5
ASJC Classification1802 Information Systems and Management; 3309 Library and Information Sciences; 1705 Computer Networks and Communications; 1710 Information Systems
Languageen angielski
Score (nominal)140
Score sourcejournalList
ScoreMinisterial score = 140.0, 14-01-2020, ArticleFromJournal
Publication indicators Scopus Citations = 0; Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2018 = 1.97; WoS Impact Factor: 2018 = 2.738 (2) - 2018=3.101 (5)
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* presented citation count is obtained through Internet information analysis and it is close to the number calculated by the Publish or Perish system.
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