Cover Images Raise Citation Rates

By Guoyan Wang

According to Wang, Guoyan and two of her graduate students, Cheng, Xi and Yao, Yuting, from USTC, and Jane Gregory from the UK, papers being published in prestige journals enjoy 120% of the citations of comparable research papers. However, when a research paper is represented in the journal’s cover image, the relative number of citations is over 200%.

Being published in these journals is good for citations; but being on the cover is even better.

Read the article: Cover stories. An emerging aesthetic of prestige science

Author biographies

Guoyan Wang is a research associate at the University of Science and Technology of China, and was a visiting scholar in the Centre for History of Science, Technology & Medicine at the University of Manchester, UK, in 2015-2016. She is a researcher and artist in the visual expression of cutting-edge science.

Jane Gregory works in science communication studies. Her research interest is in the history of popular science and long-term trends in science communication. She recently designed and launched a Master’s degree in science communication for the University of Manchester, UK.

Xi Cheng and Yu-Ting Yao were postgraduate students in Department of Sci-Tech Communication and Policy, at the University of Science and Technology of China, until 2015. They undertook the empirical work and processed the data in this article. Xi Cheng is now a PhD candidate.

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