, Volume 102, Issue 2, pp 1773–1779 | Cite as

The relationship between tweets, citations, and article views for PLOS ONE articles

  • J. C. F. de WinterEmail author


An analysis of article-level metrics of 27,856 PLOS ONE articles reveals that the number of tweets was weakly associated with the number of citations (β = 0.10), and weakly negatively associated with citations when the number of article views was held constant (β = −0.06). The number of tweets was predictive of other social media activity (β = 0.34 for Mendeley and β = 0.41 for Facebook), but not of the number of article views on PubMed Central (β = 0.01). It is concluded that the scientific citation process acts relatively independently of the social dynamics on Twitter.


Altmetrics PLOS ONE Social media Twitter 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of BioMechanical Engineering, Faculty of Mechanical, Maritime and Materials EngineeringDelft University of TechnologyDelftThe Netherlands

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