The article presented evidence of copyright infringement by authors as they upload their articles on ResearchGate. The article was featured in multiple news items in top scholarly sources such as Nature News, Science Magazine news, ScholarlyKitech. It has been cited in Wikipedia. More importantly, it has been used as evidence in the court in a lawsuit by publishers against ResearchGate. This was probably the study that triggered legal action by publishers against ResearchGate as it was the first study to present robust evidence. The article has been highly read, cited and shared on social media.