Researchers have used Twitter to rate the most popular biomedicine journal articles published between 2010 and 2012. (Photo credit: Twitter)

Scientists normally use the number of citations to rank the impact of a scientific paper, but can popularity on Twitter form another metric? Researchers looked at over 1.4 million peer-reviewed articles published between 2010 and 2012 and determined how many times they were tweeted. They found that articles on health topics were tweeted the most, the #1 being an article on the effects of radiation on humans.

Original research article (open access) published in Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology on November 26, 2013

Names and affiliations of selected authors:

Vincent Larivière, École de bibliothéconomie et des sciences de l’information, Université de Montréal
Stefanie Haustein, Science-Metrix Inc.

Additional Resources:

Press release from Université de Montréal