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

How should I present my results in order to attract more attention and citations to my paper?” is a question that bothers many scientists. No wonder, scientists are increasingly evaluated by citation counts and recent studies suggest that simple stylistic choices can affect it (e.g., “the shorter the title the more citations”). Is it really that simple? Well, apparently not. In my talk I will show how textual properties of scientific papers relate to the number of citations they receive [1]. The main finding is that correlations are not linear and thus affect differently the most cited and typical papers. According to our research the short title recipe works only for the most cited papers, surprisingly for less popular ones it is even better to have a longer title. Quantile regression 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 influence on the number of citations.

[1] J. Sienkiewicz, E. G. Altmann, Royal Society Open Science 3, 160140 (2016)

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