Identifying Impact

is the title of a game we are developing, examining whether people can tell how much impact a scientific paper has based upon its title and abstract.


The idea is to test how well people can identify scientific impact by the titles alone. Not only can we correlate the people scores with actual impact metrics, we can examine which metrics are the best indicators of what the people think is best or most interesting.

More than this, we can examine how much of the eventual impact of the title can be predicted utilizing e.g., expert or layperson perceptions about the value of the work from the title alone.

Finally, the study opens the ability to examine whether person differences affect e.g., what people find interesting, or how well the scores are related with commonly utilized impact metrics.


More generally, it will be made available so that other researchers can utilize the template to run their own studies that are similar.





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