open access

Vol 87, No 6 (2019)
ORIGINAL PAPERS
Published online: 2020-01-14
Submitted: 2019-07-30
Accepted: 2019-10-06
Get Citation

Social networks and traditional metrics of impact in pulmonary medicine journals: a correlation study

Daniela Patino-Hernandez, Daniel Gerardo Fernández-Ávila, Carlos Andrés Celis-Preciado, Oscar Mauricio Munoz-Velandia
DOI: 10.5603/ARM.2019.0058
·
Pubmed: 31970722
·
Adv Respir Med 2019;87(6):209-213.

open access

Vol 87, No 6 (2019)
ORIGINAL PAPERS
Published online: 2020-01-14
Submitted: 2019-07-30
Accepted: 2019-10-06

Abstract

Introduction: The Scimago Journal Rank (SJR) impact factor is extensively used. However, as the Internet has become widely available, new metrics are coming into play. Our research aims to determine whether a correlation  between the SJR impact factor and metrics reflecting social media activity does exist.
Materials and methods: We have used pulmonary medicine journals indexed in the SJR. Variables of social network usage have been extracted from verified accounts. Bivariate analyses have been performed with the Mann-Whitney U tests, the correlation between social media-derived variables and the SJR impact factor have been assessed with the Spearman correlation coefficient. Results are presented before and after adjustment for the years since the creation of the accounts.
Results: From 130 journals, 38 had at least one social network account, Twitter being the most commonly used (22.85%). The H index was higher in journals with social network accounts (Median 60 vs 17; p < 0.01). The global correlation between the SJR and the number of followers on Twitter revealed moderate agreement (r = 0.46; p < 0.01), which was excellent in open access journals (rs = 0.90; p < 0.05).
Conclusions: The use of social networks is directly correlated with traditional indicators of scientific impact. The joint use of alternative and traditional metrics may be useful for journals in order to generate strategies aiming to increase their audience, as well as for researchers when deciding about the best option of disseminating their articles.

Abstract

Introduction: The Scimago Journal Rank (SJR) impact factor is extensively used. However, as the Internet has become widely available, new metrics are coming into play. Our research aims to determine whether a correlation  between the SJR impact factor and metrics reflecting social media activity does exist.
Materials and methods: We have used pulmonary medicine journals indexed in the SJR. Variables of social network usage have been extracted from verified accounts. Bivariate analyses have been performed with the Mann-Whitney U tests, the correlation between social media-derived variables and the SJR impact factor have been assessed with the Spearman correlation coefficient. Results are presented before and after adjustment for the years since the creation of the accounts.
Results: From 130 journals, 38 had at least one social network account, Twitter being the most commonly used (22.85%). The H index was higher in journals with social network accounts (Median 60 vs 17; p < 0.01). The global correlation between the SJR and the number of followers on Twitter revealed moderate agreement (r = 0.46; p < 0.01), which was excellent in open access journals (rs = 0.90; p < 0.05).
Conclusions: The use of social networks is directly correlated with traditional indicators of scientific impact. The joint use of alternative and traditional metrics may be useful for journals in order to generate strategies aiming to increase their audience, as well as for researchers when deciding about the best option of disseminating their articles.

Get Citation

Keywords

online social networking, social media, journal impact factor, pulmonology

About this article
Title

Social networks and traditional metrics of impact in pulmonary medicine journals: a correlation study

Journal

Advances in Respiratory Medicine

Issue

Vol 87, No 6 (2019)

Pages

209-213

Published online

2020-01-14

DOI

10.5603/ARM.2019.0058

Pubmed

31970722

Bibliographic record

Adv Respir Med 2019;87(6):209-213.

Keywords

online social networking
social media
journal impact factor
pulmonology

Authors

Daniela Patino-Hernandez
Daniel Gerardo Fernández-Ávila
Carlos Andrés Celis-Preciado
Oscar Mauricio Munoz-Velandia

References (11)
  1. Garfield E. The history and meaning of the journal impact factor. JAMA. 2006; 295(1): 90.
  2. Delgado-López-Cózar E, Cabezas-Clavijo Á. Ranking journals: could Google Scholar Metrics be an alternative to Journal Citation Reports and Scimago Journal Rank? Learned Publishing. 2013; 26(2): 101–113.
  3. Bornmann L, Marx W, Gasparyan AY, et al. Diversity, value and limitations of the journal impact factor and alternative metrics. Rheumatol Int. 2012; 32(7): 1861–1867.
  4. Thelwall M, Haustein S, Larivière V, et al. Do altmetrics work? Twitter and ten other social web services. PLoS One. 2013; 8(5): e64841.
  5. Haustein S, Sugimoto C, Larivière V. Guest editorial: social media in scholarly communication. Aslib Journal of Information Management. 2015; 67(3).
  6. Piwowar H. Altmetrics: value all research products. Nature. 2013; 493(7431): 159.
  7. SCImago, (n.d.). SJR — SCImago Journal & Country Rank (Portal) (Internet). 2019. Available from: http://www.scimagojr.com.
  8. Chan V. Facebook reports fourth quarter and full year 2018 results (Internet). Menlo Park, California; 2019 Jan. Available from: https://s21.q4cdn.com/399680738/files/doc_financials/2018/Q4/Q4-2018-Earnings-Release.pdf.
  9. Twitter reveals its daily active user numbers for the first time (Internet). Washington Post. (cited 2019 Apr 15). Available from: https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2019/02/07/twitter-reveals-its-daily-active-user-numbers-first-time.
  10. Muñoz-Velandia OM, Fernández-Ávila DG, Patino-Hernandez D, et al. Metrics of activity in social networks are correlated with traditional metrics of scientific impact in endocrinology journals. Diabetes Metab Syndr. 2019; 13(4): 2437–2440.
  11. Cardona-Grau D, Sorokin I, Leinwand G, et al. Introducing the Twitter impact factor: an objective measure of urology's academic impact on twitter. Eur Urol Focus. 2016; 2(4): 412–417.

Important: This website uses cookies. More >>

The cookies allow us to identify your computer and find out details about your last visit. They remembering whether you've visited the site before, so that you remain logged in - or to help us work out how many new website visitors we get each month. Most internet browsers accept cookies automatically, but you can change the settings of your browser to erase cookies or prevent automatic acceptance if you prefer.

Czasopismo Pneumonologia i Alergologia Polska dostęne jest również w Ikamed - księgarnia medyczna

Wydawcą serwisu jest "Via Medica sp. z o.o." sp.k., ul. Świętokrzyska 73, 80–180 Gdańsk

tel.:+48 58 320 94 94, faks:+48 58 320 94 60, e-mail: viamedica@viamedica.pl