Valeria Scotti, Annalisa De Silvestri, Luigia Scudeller, Paola Abele, Funda Topuz and Moreno Curti have published a paper titled ‘Novel bibliometric scores for evaluating research quality and output: a correlation study with established indexes‘ in the International Journal of Biological Markers under a creative commons license.
The researchers in this Italian study wanted to see if the Altmetrics score, a measure of social media interest in a research article correlated with one of the more traditional measures.
The primary question was answered by looking at departments within their hospital. The researchers looked at the research output of each department, summed the Altmetrics scores and the impact factors of the Journals and used these as data points. The researchers then assessed the correlation using the Spearman’s Rho, which is a measure of the relationship between two variables.
They found that the sum of the impact factors was highly correlated with sum of the Altmetrics scores (‘Spearman’s rho 0.88; p<0.0001’).
The researchers also looked at individual social media components of the Altmetrics score and found some similarly interesting results although this is a secondary analysis.
The researchers have provided evidence of the utility of the Almetrics score in a clinical setting.
On a slightly separate note, Altmetrics.com recently published the top 100 Altmetrics scores for 2016 and it contains a very interesting set of research publications.
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