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Political Astroturfing on Twitter: How to Coordinate a Disinformation Campaign

Overview of attention for article published in Political Communication, October 2019
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  • In the top 5% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric
  • Among the highest-scoring outputs from this source (#14 of 676)
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age (98th percentile)
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age and source (92nd percentile)

Mentioned by

news
4 news outlets
blogs
3 blogs
policy
3 policy sources
twitter
177 tweeters
facebook
1 Facebook page
reddit
2 Redditors

Citations

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27 Dimensions

Readers on

mendeley
181 Mendeley
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Title
Political Astroturfing on Twitter: How to Coordinate a Disinformation Campaign
Published in
Political Communication, October 2019
DOI 10.1080/10584609.2019.1661888
Authors

Franziska B. Keller, David Schoch, Sebastian Stier, JungHwan Yang

Twitter Demographics

The data shown below were collected from the profiles of 177 tweeters who shared this research output. Click here to find out more about how the information was compiled.

Mendeley readers

The data shown below were compiled from readership statistics for 181 Mendeley readers of this research output. Click here to see the associated Mendeley record.

Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 181 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 39 22%
Student > Ph. D. Student 33 18%
Student > Bachelor 17 9%
Researcher 15 8%
Student > Doctoral Student 10 6%
Other 39 22%
Unknown 28 15%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Social Sciences 97 54%
Computer Science 22 12%
Arts and Humanities 10 6%
Business, Management and Accounting 5 3%
Unspecified 4 2%
Other 15 8%
Unknown 28 15%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 171. 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 18 January 2021.
All research outputs
#129,475
of 17,517,444 outputs
Outputs from Political Communication
#14
of 676 outputs
Outputs of similar age
#4,244
of 334,700 outputs
Outputs of similar age from Political Communication
#2
of 13 outputs
Altmetric has tracked 17,517,444 research outputs across all sources so far. Compared to these this one has done particularly well and is in the 99th percentile: it's in the top 5% of all research outputs ever tracked by Altmetric.
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