I tested it a while back. Some blogs and articles I wrote just end with no bio, footnotes, or an email signup. Each of them have substantially higher read ratios (usually over 50%, typically in the high 60’s. Hell, one has a 94%!). Then I looked at any blog with “footer information.” That drops them typically to around 40% or somewhere in the high 30’s. The crème de la crème came when I wrote an article that had numerous citations and references at the end of the article (I didn’t want to hyperlink, because I have a tendency to bounce to an article in the middle of one, so I knew others would too). That article has close to 12,000 views and a 10% read ratio! It also got picked up by some redditors who discussed it, and I have thousands of referrals from the site. Anyway, it should definitely be something Medium considers for the future for more accurate stats. Let me know what you find!!!