Talk It Up on Twitter

Being active on Twitter may help researchers garner paper citations, according to a new study.

Researchers from the US and Canada analyzed the association between papers' citation rates, Altmetric Attention Scores, and other bibliometric data such as journal impact factor and year published for 8,322 papers published in 687 different journals. The Altmetric Attention Scores captures a paper's mentions in a range of sources, including the news, but also social media sites like Twitter and Facebook.

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