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