Time-Course and cycle of Citations (red) and Usage (hits, green) Witten, Edward (1998) String Theory and
Noncommutative Geometry Adv. Theor. Math. Phys.2 : 253
1.Preprint or Postprint appears.
2. It is downloaded (and sometimes read).
3. Next, citations may follow
4. This generates more downloads…
citebase, which counts citations as well as downloads in the Physics Arxiv:
The cycle of access and impact is illustrated: Self-archiving a paper
generates downloads, which generate citations, which generates ,more