Citations are the leading indicator of scholarly impact, yet there are few evidence-based ways to increase the citation rate of peer-reviewed articles. Data suggests that 35% of articles published between 1990 and 2015 remain uncited, a figure that might continue to grow.  The enormous increase in published scholarly literature may impede academic progress and the adoption of new ideas, according to a 2021 study.  The authors suggest changes in the dissemination and discoverability of recent research to counter this effect.
TrendMD's efficient dissemination of scholarly research fills that void. We've demonstrated it with a prior randomized controlled trial, and today we'll discuss the 36-month follow-up results to that trial.
In a prior randomized controlled trial published in the Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, we showed that articles disseminated by our cross-publisher distribution platform after 12 months saw a 50% increase in citations relative to the control. As a follow-up, we've compared the citation rates in both groups after 36 months. This follow-up research is published in JMIR.
Mean citations over 12 months: TrendMD versus control
We found that articles disseminated in the TrendMD network maintained a citation advantage after 36 months. Articles randomized to TrendMD showed a 28% increase in mean citations relative to the control.
Here's how we determined that figure. We block randomized 3,200 published articles in 64 peer-reviewed journals across eight subject areas. The articles were randomly assigned at the subject level to either the TrendMD group (n=1600) or the study's control group (n=1600). Articles were promoted in the TrendMD Network for six months. We compared the citation rates in both groups after 36 months.
As we explained, articles randomized to TrendMD showed a 28% increase in mean citations relative to the control. The difference in mean citations at 36 months for articles randomized to TrendMD versus the control was 10.52 (95% CI 3.79-17.25) and was statistically significant (P=.001).
Mean citations over 36 months: TrendMD versus control
“TrendMD is an efficient digital tool for knowledge translation and dissemination to targeted audiences to facilitate the uptake of research,” our follow-up article concludes. You can read the full article here.