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YouTube as a source of information on COVID-19: a pandemic of misinformation?

Overview of attention for article published in BMJ Global Health Journal, May 2020
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  • In the top 5% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric
  • One of the highest-scoring outputs from this source (#3 of 2,287)
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age (99th percentile)
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age and source (98th percentile)

Mentioned by

news
161 news outlets
blogs
8 blogs
policy
1 policy source
twitter
421 tweeters
facebook
4 Facebook pages
reddit
1 Redditor

Citations

dimensions_citation
264 Dimensions

Readers on

mendeley
499 Mendeley
Title
YouTube as a source of information on COVID-19: a pandemic of misinformation?
Published in
BMJ Global Health Journal, May 2020
DOI 10.1136/bmjgh-2020-002604
Pubmed ID
Authors

Heidi Oi-Yee Li, Adrian Bailey, David Huynh, James Chan

Twitter Demographics

The data shown below were collected from the profiles of 421 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 499 Mendeley readers of this research output. Click here to see the associated Mendeley record.

Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 499 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 66 13%
Student > Master 57 11%
Researcher 54 11%
Student > Ph. D. Student 39 8%
Student > Doctoral Student 30 6%
Other 87 17%
Unknown 166 33%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 76 15%
Social Sciences 63 13%
Nursing and Health Professions 30 6%
Psychology 24 5%
Computer Science 17 3%
Other 97 19%
Unknown 192 38%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 1587. 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 13 June 2022.
All research outputs
#5,115
of 21,419,046 outputs
Outputs from BMJ Global Health Journal
#3
of 2,287 outputs
Outputs of similar age
#335
of 298,308 outputs
Outputs of similar age from BMJ Global Health Journal
#2
of 120 outputs
Altmetric has tracked 21,419,046 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.
So far Altmetric has tracked 2,287 research outputs from this source. They typically receive a lot more attention than average, with a mean Attention Score of 42.4. This one has done particularly well, scoring higher than 99% of its peers.
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We're also able to compare this research output to 120 others from the same source and published within six weeks on either side of this one. This one has done particularly well, scoring higher than 98% of its contemporaries.