Impact of lexical and sentiment factors on the popularity of scientific papers

Julian Sienkiewicz , Eduardo G. Altmann


We investigate how textual properties of scientific papers relate to the number of citations they receive. Our main finding is that correlations are nonlinear and affect differently the most cited and typical papers. For instance, we find that, in most journals, short titles correlate positively with citations only for the most cited papers, whereas for typical papers, the correlation is usually negative. Our analysis of six different factors, calculated both at the title and abstract level of 4.3 million papers in over 1500 journals, reveals the number of authors, and the length and complexity of the abstract, as having the strongest (positive) influence on the number of citations.
Author Julian Sienkiewicz (FP / LPESS)
Julian Sienkiewicz,,
- Center of Physics in Economics and Social Sciences
, Eduardo G. Altmann - [Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems]
Eduardo G. Altmann,,
Journal seriesRoyal Society Open Science, ISSN 2054-5703
Issue year2016
ASJC Classification1000 Multidisciplinary
Languageen angielski
Score (nominal)5
Score sourcejournalList
ScoreMinisterial score = 0.0, 16-12-2019, ArticleFromJournal
Ministerial score (2013-2016) = 5.0, 16-12-2019, ArticleFromJournal
Publication indicators Scopus Citations = 3; WoS Citations = 4; Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2016 = 1; WoS Impact Factor: 2016 = 2.243 (2) - 2016=2.243 (5)
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