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The Research Impact of Articles Published in the Journal of College Student Development Viewed Using Altmetrics


Fifteen bibliometric research studies were published between 1979—2019 on articles published in journals focusing on higher education and student affairs. This study used the data science tool Altmetric Explorer for Institutions to answer research questions and complete article-level analyses on research impacts, subject area patterns of research topics, and sources and predictors of online attention. The data source was articles published in the Journal of College Student Development (JCSD) between 2007–2022 (N = 451) and six articles represented 67.7% of the research impact of all 451 articles. Multiple regression analyses investigated relationships between 17 online sources and attention scores for individual research articles. Seven predictors accounted for 99% of the variance in online sources and attention scores for JCSD articles. The results demonstrated the types of insights into research utilization that are possible using altmetrics; a deeper understanding of the audiences for research, dynamic developments of this attention, and new knowledge about the wide array of additional forms of research impact that are occurring beyond the limited scope of subsequent journal article citation counts.

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I have no known conflict of interest to disclose. I would like to thank Dr. Amanda L. Nolen for her suggestions on a previous version of this study.

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Vander Putten, J. The Research Impact of Articles Published in the Journal of College Student Development Viewed Using Altmetrics. Innov High Educ 47, 927–945 (2022).

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