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Do opinion articles attract more social attention than original research, relative to their citation counts?

Published:March 25, 2017DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejim.2017.03.016
      Scientific findings are disseminated as original investigation articles but influential medical journals also publish opinion articles. Although opinion articles provide less citable information than original investigations, it is not known whether they generate other types of interest and social web mentions may serve as a proxy indicator of wider interest. Altmetrics (such as Twitter, Facebook, blogs and newspapers) may provide evidence of informal academic interest as well as the spreading of research beyond its classical boundaries [
      • Dinsmore A.
      • Allen L.
      • Dolby K.
      Alternative perspectives on impact: the potential of ALMs and altmetrics to inform funders about research impact.
      ]. The objectives of this study were to use social web data to compare the attention received by opinion articles with that received by original investigations in leading medical journals, using citation counts for both as a baseline.

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