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Tweet success? Scientific communication correlates with increased citations in Ecology and Conservation

Overview of attention for article published in PeerJ, April 2018
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  • In the top 5% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric
  • Among the highest-scoring outputs from this source (#23 of 6,160)
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age (99th percentile)
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age and source (99th percentile)

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news
8 news outlets
blogs
5 blogs
twitter
837 tweeters
facebook
4 Facebook pages

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92 Mendeley
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Title
Tweet success? Scientific communication correlates with increased citations in Ecology and Conservation
Published in
PeerJ, April 2018
DOI 10.7717/peerj.4564
Pubmed ID
Authors

Clayton T. Lamb, Sophie L. Gilbert, Adam T. Ford

Abstract

Science communication is seen as critical for the disciplines of ecology and conservation, where research products are often used to shape policy and decision making. Scientists are increasing their online media communication, via social media and news. Such media engagement has been thought to influence or predict traditional metrics of scholarship, such as citation rates. Here, we measure the association between citation rates and the Altmetric Attention Score-an indicator of the amount and reach of the attention an article has received-along with other forms of bibliometric performance (year published, journal impact factor, and article type). We found that Attention Score was positively correlated with citation rates. However, in recent years, we detected increasing media exposure did not relate to the equivalent citations as in earlier years; signalling a diminishing return on investment. Citations correlated with journal impact factors up to ∼13, but then plateaued, demonstrating that maximizing citations does not require publishing in the highest-impact journals. We conclude that ecology and conservation researchers can increase exposure of their research through social media engagement and, simultaneously, enhance their performance under traditional measures of scholarly activity.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 92 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 22 24%
Student > Master 16 17%
Unspecified 12 13%
Researcher 12 13%
Student > Bachelor 7 8%
Other 23 25%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Environmental Science 23 25%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 23 25%
Social Sciences 15 16%
Unspecified 14 15%
Computer Science 4 4%
Other 13 14%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 634. 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 16 January 2019.
All research outputs
#8,449
of 12,390,652 outputs
Outputs from PeerJ
#23
of 6,160 outputs
Outputs of similar age
#557
of 273,771 outputs
Outputs of similar age from PeerJ
#4
of 426 outputs
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