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The Kardashian index: a measure of discrepant social media profile for scientists

Overview of attention for article published in Genome Biology (Online Edition), July 2014
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  • In the top 5% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric
  • One of the highest-scoring outputs from this source (#2 of 3,789)
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age (99th percentile)
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age and source (98th percentile)

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18 CiteULike
Title
The Kardashian index: a measure of discrepant social media profile for scientists
Published in
Genome Biology (Online Edition), July 2014
DOI 10.1186/s13059-014-0424-0
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Authors

Neil Hall

Abstract

In the era of social media there are now many different ways that a scientist can build their public profile; the publication of high-quality scientific papers being just one. While social media is a valuable tool for outreach and the sharing of ideas, there is a danger that this form of communication is gaining too high a value and that we are losing sight of key metrics of scientific value, such as citation indices. To help quantify this, I propose the 'Kardashian Index', a measure of discrepancy between a scientist's social media profile and publication record based on the direct comparison of numbers of citations and Twitter followers.

Twitter Demographics

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Mendeley readers

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 38 1%
United Kingdom 17 <1%
Germany 13 <1%
Canada 7 <1%
Netherlands 7 <1%
Japan 6 <1%
Spain 6 <1%
Australia 6 <1%
Portugal 4 <1%
Other 35 1%
Unknown 3238 96%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 665 20%
Student > Ph. D. Student 652 19%
Student > Master 302 9%
Other 258 8%
Professor 247 7%
Other 779 23%
Unknown 474 14%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 465 14%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 337 10%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 295 9%
Computer Science 247 7%
Engineering 172 5%
Other 1268 38%
Unknown 593 18%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 2462. 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 27 September 2021.
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