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Research Square Partners with Dimensions to Provide Citation Data on Preprints

Author: Jodi Harrell

DURHAM, NORTH CAROLINA, USA – Research Square, the company behind the world’s fastest-growing preprint platform, is partnering with Dimensions to provide early citation data on preprints. The Dimensions Badge will now display on all Research Square preprints that have been cited and will provide 4 different types of data: the total citations, most recent citations, Field Citation Ratio (FCR), and Relative Citation Ratio (RCR). 

Dimensions is a research information platform designed to give researchers a broad view of the research process. The Dimensions Badge is an easy-to-use data visualization tool that allows authors to demonstrate the impact of their preprint via detailed citation metrics that are displayed directly on their public preprint page. By viewing these metrics, readers of preprints and the research community as a whole can gain a better understanding of a preprint’s influence within a specific research field as well as across disciplines.

Understanding the impact of one’s work is important to every researcher. Traditionally, impact is measured by the number of times an article is cited in the literature. Given the rise in preprints over the past few years and the role of preprints in disseminating COVID-19-related findings, preprints are increasingly being considered citation-worthy parts of the overall body of literature. 

Amye Kenall, VP of Publishing and Product at Research Square, describes the importance of providing citation data for preprints:

“Accurate and comprehensive metrics are critical for establishing preprints as legitimate objects within the research ecosystem. As more and more papers are stopping at the preprint stage (never proceeding to formal publication), it is important that these papers are also included in the linked scholarly information dataset. Including Dimensions Badges on the Research Square platform helps to accomplish this, and we’re excited to announce such an impactful partnership.”

Research Square also provides other usage data for preprints, such as the number of times a preprint has been viewed, downloaded, and commented on. In addition to the Dimensions Badge, an Altmetric Badge is displayed on Research Square preprints and provides detailed information on the overall attention a preprint has received across a range of websites including news pages, blogs, Twitter, Facebook, and Reddit.

The new Dimensions Badge will give the research community and broader public greater insight into the early impact of preprints. Julie Kaplan, Director of Product at Research Square, emphasizes the usefulness of these data and explains why the Dimensions Badge is an important addition to the Research Square platform:

“We see the Dimensions data as pieces of a puzzle that facilitate understanding of the potential impact a research paper has on science and society, and we are thrilled to be able to provide these data to our authors and readers.”

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About Research Square

At Research Square, we’re committed to making research communication faster, fairer, and more useful. We do this by developing innovative software and services for the global research community. Our multidisciplinary preprint platform, launched in 2018, is now the world’s fastest-growing preprint platform. Our team is made up of researchers and industry professionals working together to solve the most critical problems facing scientific publishing. 

Research Square is the employer brand and sister company to AJE.

For further information, please contact: 

Jodi Harrell |

Marketing Manager, Research Square

Publication Date: 7th May 2020


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