Correlation of Altmetric Attention Score and Citations for High-Impact General Medicine Journals: a Cross-sectional Study

  • Amr F. Barakat
  • Nayef Nimri
  • Mohamed Shokr
  • Dhruv Mahtta
  • Hend Mansoor
  • Ahmad Masri
  • Islam Y. ElgendyEmail author
Concise Research Reports


Altmetric Attention Score (AAS) is an emerging tool that measures the online presence of published articles. AAS represents a sum of article mentions on social media, e.g., Twitter, and news outlets (Digital Science, London, UK). AAS is increasingly used by journals as an integral article metric. While some studies have assessed the correlation between AAS and the number of citations in several disciplines and specialties,1, 2, 3, 4 it remains unclear whether AAS correlates with article citations among high-impact general medicine journals.


We compiled full-length original articles published in 2014 at the three highest impact factor journals: New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), the Lancet, and Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA)(according to Journal Citation Reports® 2017: category “General Internal Medicine”). For each article, the reported AAS was extracted (i.e., a higher score corresponds to increased online presence, with a score of ≥ 20...


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The authors declare that they do not have a conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Amr F. Barakat
    • 1
  • Nayef Nimri
    • 2
  • Mohamed Shokr
    • 3
  • Dhruv Mahtta
    • 4
  • Hend Mansoor
    • 5
  • Ahmad Masri
    • 1
  • Islam Y. Elgendy
    • 6
    Email author
  1. 1.Heart and Vascular InstituteUniversity of Pittsburgh Medical CenterPittsburghUSA
  2. 2.Department of MedicineCleveland Clinic FoundationClevelandUSA
  3. 3.Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, Department of MedicineWayne State UniversityDetroitUSA
  4. 4.Department of MedicineUniversity of FloridaGainesvilleUSA
  5. 5.Department of Health Services Research, Management and PolicyUniversity of FloridaGainesvilleUSA
  6. 6.Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, Department of MedicineUniversity of FloridaGainesvilleUSA

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