How are encyclopedias cited in academic research? Wikipedia, Britannica, BaiduBaike, and Scholarpedia

« Encyclopedias are sometimes cited by scholarly publications, despite concerns about their credibility as sources for academic information. This study investigates trends from 2002 to 2020 in citing two crowdsourced and two expert-based encyclopedias to investigate whether they fit differently into the research landscape: Wikipedia, Britannica, Baidu Baike, and Scholarpedia. This is the first systematic comparison of the uptake of four major encyclopedias within academic research. Scopus searches were used to count the number of documents citing the four encyclopedias in each year. (…) »

source >, Xuemei Li, Mike Thelwall, Ehsan Mohammadi, 9 septembre 2021, DOI: