Wikipedia as public scholarship: Communicating our impact online

Elizabeth K. Rush, Sarah Tracy

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To contribute to the forum asking "Has Communication Research Made a Difference?," this essay examines whether communication scholarship makes a difference (a) to those who search for information online, (b) in the sense that a primary way our research can make a difference is through its accessibility, and (c) by using the criteria of its presence (or absence) on Wikipedia. In this essay, we reason that Wikipedia is a useful benchmark for online accessibility of public scholarship in that it provides immediate, freely available information to today's diverse global public seeking online answers to questions and relief from problems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)309-315
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Applied Communication Research
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 22 2010


  • Communication Research
  • Public Scholarship
  • Wikipedia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication
  • Language and Linguistics


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