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Advances in altmetrics: 2020 research in review

Stacy Konkiel, 22nd December 2020

In this post, Stacy Konkiel, Senior Data Analyst at Altmetric, highlights the most cited and discussed altmetrics-related research published this year.

In 2020, over 100 articles, preprints, and book chapters were published based on analyses of Altmetric data—far too many to list in a single blog post!

So, we’re changing things up for our annual “research roundup”. Here, I’ve highlighted the most discussed and cited Altmetric-related research published in 2020.

Top altmetrics research, by Altmetric Attention Score

  1. Twitter promotion predicts citation rates of cardiovascular articles: a preliminary analysis from the ESC Journals Randomized Study

  2. The relationship between bioRxiv preprints, citations and altmetrics

  3. Preprints as accelerator of scholarly communication: An empirical analysis in Mathematics

  4. Adding evidence of the effects of treatments into relevant Wikipedia pages: a randomised trial

  5. ‘I Updated the <ref>’: The Evolution of References in the English Wikipedia and the Implications for Altmetrics

Top altmetrics research, by citation count

  1. Twitter promotion predicts citation rates of cardiovascular articles: a preliminary analysis from the ESC Journals Randomized Study

  2. Studying the accumulation velocity of altmetric data tracked by Altmetric.com

  3. The online attention to research in periodontology: An Altmetric study on the most discussed articles on the web

  4. The relationship between bioRxiv preprints, citations and altmetrics

  5. The Use of Social Media to Increase the Impact of Health Research: Systematic Review

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In addition to the research shared in above, you might also be interested in some homegrown Altmetric research published this year:

You can also explore the full list of this year’s Altmetric-related papers, preprints, and datasets on Dimensions. 

Curious about past Altmetric-related research? Check out our 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019 research roundups.

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