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Introducing the Twitter Impact Factor: An Objective Measure of Urology's Academic Impact on Twitter

Overview of attention for article published in European Urology Focus , October 2016
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Title
Introducing the Twitter Impact Factor: An Objective Measure of Urology's Academic Impact on Twitter
Published in
European Urology Focus , October 2016
DOI 10.1016/j.euf.2016.03.006
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Authors

Diana Cardona-Grau, Igor Sorokin, Gabriel Leinwand, Charles Welliver

Abstract

Social media use in academia and urology is rising. Specifically, individual journals now have Twitter accounts (Twitter Inc, San Francisco, CA, USA) and regularly tweet academic content. To present and evaluate the Twitter impact factor (TIF), a novel means of measuring a journal's academic influence in the realm of social media. Journal Citation Reports (JCR; Thomson Reuters, New York, NY, USA) for 2014 was queried for urologic academic journals. English-language journals with active Twitter accounts since 2013 were included. The total number of followers, tweets, and retweets over a 2-yr period were collected. Each journal's TIF was calculated based on the number of retweets per original relevant tweet. Comparisons between the TIF and the journal impact factor (JIF) as well as the Klout score were made using the Pearson correlation. Of 33 journals listed in the JCR for 2014, 7 (21%) had a Twitter presence as of 2013. The number of JCR-listed journals with a Twitter handle increased by 29% in 2014. There was an increase in the mean number of relevant tweets per journal during the study period and a 130% increase in the number of retweets over 1 yr. European Urology (1.80) and BJU International (1.46) had the highest TIFs. The journals with the highest number of Twitter followers were European Urology (5807) and the Journal of Urology (4402). The journals with the highest numbers of relevant tweets were European Urology (1159) and BJU International (1090). There was a positive but statistically insignificant association between the TIF and the JIF (r=0.64, p=0.12). There was a strongly positive linear correlation between the TIF and the Klout score (r=0.84, p=0.0086). With the increasing use of social media by individuals and academic journals, the TIF can be a useful tool to measure the academic reach and impact of a journal on Twitter. Social media is an increasing part of the way in which practitioners and academicians communicate. The TIF can be used to analyze the impact of journal Twitter feeds and their social media content.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Spain 1 7%
United Kingdom 1 7%
New Zealand 1 7%
Unknown 12 80%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Other 5 33%
Researcher 3 20%
Unspecified 2 13%
Student > Ph. D. Student 2 13%
Student > Master 1 7%
Other 2 13%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Unspecified 5 33%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 3 20%
Computer Science 3 20%
Medicine and Dentistry 2 13%
Social Sciences 1 7%
Other 1 7%

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This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 97. 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 02 September 2018.
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#136,344
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Outputs from European Urology Focus
#4
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#6,225
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Outputs of similar age from European Urology Focus
#1
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