Standing on Shoulders or Feet? An Extended Study on the Usage of the MSR Data Papers

by   Zoe Kotti, et al.

Context: The establishment of the Mining Software Repositories (MSR) data showcase conference track has encouraged researchers to provide data sets as a basis for further empirical studies. Objective: Examine the usage of data papers published in the MSR proceedings in terms of use frequency, users, and use purpose. Method: Data track papers were collected from the MSR data showcase track and through the manual inspection of older MSR proceedings. The use of data papers was established through manual citation searching followed by reading the citing studies and dividing them into strong and weak citations. Contrary to weak, strong citations truly use the data set of a data paper. Data papers were then manually clustered based on their content, whereas their strong citations were classified by hand according to the knowledge areas of the Guide to the Software Engineering Body of Knowledge. A survey study on 108 authors and users of data papers provided further insights regarding motivation and effort in data paper production, encouraging and discouraging factors in data set use, and future desired direction regarding data papers. Results: We found that 65 long-tail distribution in the number of strong citations. Weak citations to data papers usually refer to them as an example. MSR data papers are cited in total less than other MSR papers. A considerable number of the strong citations stem from the teams that authored the data papers. Publications providing Version Control System (VCS) primary and derived data are the most frequent data papers and the most often strongly cited ones. Enhanced developer data papers are the least common ones, and the second least frequently strongly cited. Data paper authors tend to gather data in the context of other research. [...]


page 15

page 19

page 21


Visualizing the context of citations referencing papers published by Eugene Garfield: A new type of keyword co-occurrence analysis

During Eugene Garfield's (EG's) lengthy career as information scientist,...

Analysis of publications by authors of Ukrainian institutes in Scopus-delisted titles

In Ukraine, Scopus data are used to evaluate academics. Existing shortco...

Citations in Software Engineering -- Paper-related, Journal-related, and Author-related Factors

Many factors could affect the number of citations to a paper. Citations ...

h_PI: The Citation Index for Principal Investigators

A new citation index h_PI for principal investigators (PIs) is defined i...

CiteSee: Augmenting Citations in Scientific Papers with Persistent and Personalized Historical Context

When reading a scholarly article, inline citations help researchers cont...

Citation Recommendations Considering Content and Structural Context Embedding

The number of academic papers being published is increasing exponentiall...

Availability of Hyperlinked Resources in Astrophysics Papers

Astrophysics papers often rely on software which may or may not be avail...

Please sign up or login with your details

Forgot password? Click here to reset