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Revisiting the decay of scientific email addresses


Rodriguez-Esteban, Raul; Vishnyakova, Dina; Rinaldi, Fabio (2019). Revisiting the decay of scientific email addresses. bioRxiv 633255, University of Zurich.

Abstract

Email is the primary means of communication for scientists. However, scientific authors change email address over time. Using a new method, we have calculated that approximately 18% of all authors’ contact email addresses in MEDLINE are invalid. While an unfortunate number, it is, however, lower than previously estimated. To mitigate this problem, institutions should provide email forwarding and scientific authors should use more stable email addresses. In fact, a steadily growing share already use free private email addresses: 32% of all new addresses in MEDLINE in 2018 were of this kind.

Abstract

Email is the primary means of communication for scientists. However, scientific authors change email address over time. Using a new method, we have calculated that approximately 18% of all authors’ contact email addresses in MEDLINE are invalid. While an unfortunate number, it is, however, lower than previously estimated. To mitigate this problem, institutions should provide email forwarding and scientific authors should use more stable email addresses. In fact, a steadily growing share already use free private email addresses: 32% of all new addresses in MEDLINE in 2018 were of this kind.

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Item Type:Working Paper
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Computational Linguistics
08 Research Priority Programs > Digital Society Initiative
Dewey Decimal Classification:000 Computer science, knowledge & systems
410 Linguistics
Language:English
Date:2019
Deposited On:13 Jan 2020 10:28
Last Modified:27 Aug 2020 14:27
Publisher:Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Series Name:bioRxiv
OA Status:Green
Free access at:Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1101/633255

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