, Volume 116, Issue 1, pp 505–519 | Cite as

Can Twitter increase the visibility of Chinese publications?

  • Fei ShuEmail author
  • Wen Lou
  • Stefanie Haustein


The purpose of this study is to investigate whether diffusion through social media can help to improve the international visibility of Chinese papers and thus increase their citation impact. After analysing 160,233 Chinese papers published in 2012, as well as the number of tweets and citations received, the results indicate that tweeted Chinese papers published in the same year and journal received around 15% more citations than Chinese papers not mentioned on Twitter. The citation advantage of tweeted Chinese papers is also found within various disciplines and by the different citing countries.


Twitter Citation analysis China Altmetrics Scientific impact 



This paper is an extended version of the paper presented at the ISSI2017 Conference. This study is supported by iFellows Doctoral Scholarship (11400674) provided by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Doctoral Research Scholarship (199349) provided by the Fonds de recherche société et culture Québec (FRQSC).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Information StudiesMcGill UniversityMontrealCanada
  2. 2.Department of Information ManagementEast China Normal UniversityShanghaiChina
  3. 3.School of Information StudiesUniversity of OttawaOttawaCanada

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