Is this right or am I doing something wrong?
Yes, that’s right - contents of the Research folder would usually not be part of your publication. Individual documents and scrivenings do show the word count, also when they are placed in the research folder, but they do not count towards the total word count of your draft.
I don’t think you were asking this but perchance you were––if you want to check the word count of a (or multiple) research folder or document you can. Firstly, select a folder(s) or document(s), then > Project Menu > Statistics > Selected Documents .
I was. Much appreciated!