No one actually reads research.
[M]ost [researchers] experience a twinge of excitement when, months later, they open a letter informing them that their article has been accepted for publication, and will therefore be read by…an average of ten people.
Yes, you read that correctly. The numbers reported by studies are pretty bleak:
About 82 percent of articles published in the humanities are not even cited once for five years after they are published.
Of those articles that are cited, only 20 percent have actually been read.
Half of academic papers are never read by anyone other than their authors, peer reviewers, and journal editors.