Citation analysis, in one “sobering fact”

It is a sobering fact that some 90% of papers that have been published in academic journals are never cited. Indeed, as many as 50% of papers are never read by anyone other than their authors, referees and journal editors. We know this thanks to citation analysis, a branch of information science in which researchers study the way articles in a scholarly field are accessed and referenced by others.

Sadly and ironically, this sobering fact from Lokman Meho is not associated with a citation. Not that I necessarily doubt its veracity, but I would love to be made aware of the body of work that supports it. Anybody know? (Comments open for one week for leads only. Email/Twitter fine too. I have also emailed the author.)


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