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Ask an anatomist: Identifying global trends, topics and themes of academic anatomists using twitter

Overview of attention for article published in Anatomical Sciences Education, October 2017
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  • Among the highest-scoring outputs from this source (#29 of 427)
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Title
Ask an anatomist: Identifying global trends, topics and themes of academic anatomists using twitter
Published in
Anatomical Sciences Education, October 2017
DOI 10.1002/ase.1738
Pubmed ID
Authors

Madeleine J. Marsland, Michelle D. Lazarus

Abstract

Social media (SoMe) is increasingly used in higher education (HE) to access knowledge and enable global communication. The SoMe platform Twitter(®) is particularly beneficial in these contexts because it is readily accessible, easily searchable (via hashtags) and global. Given these advantages, the twitter platform @AskAnatomist was created to foster a global weekly tweet chat, where students and academics from can ask and address anatomy-related questions. The aim of this study was to identify themes arising in the early stages of the @AskAnatomy Twitter community to gain insights into current needs/key areas for academic anatomists, students, and other followers. A qualitative analysis of tweets including the hashtag #AnatQ, (the associated @AskAnatomist hashtag), was undertaken to achieve this aim. Thematic analysis revealed three core themes arising in the formative stages of the @AskAnatomist Twitter site: (1) anatomical education modalities, (2) specific anatomy content, and (3) research motivations. These themes reveal controversies within the field of anatomical sciences, areas for potential education resource improvement and research, as well as the humor of anatomists. Though the original intent of the @AskAnatomist site was to engage the general public in anatomy content and knowledge, tweet analysis suggests that academic anatomists were the primary active "tweeters". Interestingly, this analysis reveals that the @AskAnatomist site progressed into a web-based community of practice (CoP), suggesting an additional benefit of SoMe communities in the field of anatomy.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 10 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 3 30%
Unspecified 2 20%
Student > Master 2 20%
Other 1 10%
Student > Bachelor 1 10%
Other 1 10%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Unspecified 2 20%
Nursing and Health Professions 2 20%
Computer Science 1 10%
Business, Management and Accounting 1 10%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 1 10%
Other 3 30%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 17. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 03 October 2018.
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