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Overview of attention for article published in Arthritis Research, January 2003
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  • In the top 25% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric
  • One of the highest-scoring outputs from this source (#6 of 126)
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age (90th percentile)

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1 blog
4 tweeters
1 Wikipedia page


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739 Mendeley
Published in
Arthritis Research, January 2003
DOI 10.1186/ar629
Pubmed ID

Jill PG Urban, Sally Roberts


The intervertebral disc is a cartilaginous structure that resembles articular cartilage in its biochemistry, but morphologically it is clearly different. It shows degenerative and ageing changes earlier than does any other connective tissue in the body. It is believed to be important clinically because there is an association of disc degeneration with back pain. Current treatments are predominantly conservative or, less commonly, surgical; in many cases there is no clear diagnosis and therapy is considered inadequate. New developments, such as genetic and biological approaches, may allow better diagnosis and treatments in the future.

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Mendeley readers

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 7 <1%
Canada 4 <1%
Spain 3 <1%
United Kingdom 3 <1%
Switzerland 2 <1%
Brazil 1 <1%
Australia 1 <1%
Italy 1 <1%
Korea, Republic of 1 <1%
Other 6 <1%
Unknown 710 96%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 133 18%
Student > Ph. D. Student 125 17%
Student > Bachelor 124 17%
Researcher 84 11%
Student > Postgraduate 52 7%
Other 131 18%
Unknown 90 12%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Engineering 215 29%
Medicine and Dentistry 179 24%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 74 10%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 41 6%
Nursing and Health Professions 21 3%
Other 92 12%
Unknown 117 16%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 13. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 06 July 2021.
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Altmetric has tracked 18,217,940 research outputs across all sources so far. Compared to these this one has done particularly well and is in the 90th percentile: it's in the top 10% of all research outputs ever tracked by Altmetric.
So far Altmetric has tracked 126 research outputs from this source. They receive a mean Attention Score of 4.6. This one has done particularly well, scoring higher than 95% of its peers.
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