Is there an easy way to check for the "popularity" (or more particularly, "appealing to experts") or citations of some reference?
That is, when I find some reference and want to check how "good" it is w/o having to read the thing.
There can be quality papers with low citation counts. E.g. if the paper considers an unpopular subfield/subtopic. Or if the topic is not an active research topic at the moment.
A highly citated paper can be false if it's popular due to biases, rather than accurate paper. E.g. some psychological paper that studies something which feeds people's "subjective validation". That is, people believe a paper is good, because if fits their intentions.