Is there a database of publications (articles, books, etc.) that cite Stack Exchange questions or answers? If not, how could I find such publications?

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    There's a question here on Meta listing various academic papers using data from Stack Exchange. If it's not quite what you're looking for, it still might be a good place to start.
    – Kendra
    Commented Jul 11, 2016 at 21:05
  • @Kendra That's very similar to my question, but I'm not looking for publications on StackExchange itself but on specific content of StackExchange. For example, a physics paper citing a Physics SE question or answer, etc.
    – Geremia
    Commented Jul 12, 2016 at 2:15
  • If you're interested in physics papers you should ask on Physics Meta Commented Jul 3, 2017 at 6:10

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Legally, anyone citing a Stack Exchange post must credit the author's user profile (among other things), which looks something like this:


With this information, it's possible to make one or two good Google Scholar queries that will get you all the results you want, with very few you don't.

Using this method I found a number of papers that cite SE posts. Here are some examples:

  • Relevant comment copied from a post citing this one: That's what the Stack Exchange TOS say, but in my view that provision is itself illegal. Stack Exchange is not the copyright holder for that post; it is a licensee under a CC license, and does not have the right to add additional restrictions. Commented Feb 6, 2018 at 17:49

Using Web of Science, you can do a cited reference search. There are a few results. However, you can find much, much more using Google Scholar. Make sure after you do your search that you check the option to include citations.

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