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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, 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 4,540)
  • 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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Title
The Kardashian index: a measure of discrepant social media profile for scientists
Published in
Genome Biology, 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.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 38 1%
United Kingdom 16 <1%
Germany 12 <1%
Netherlands 7 <1%
Canada 6 <1%
Spain 6 <1%
Japan 6 <1%
Australia 6 <1%
Sweden 3 <1%
Other 34 <1%
Unknown 3501 96%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 696 19%
Student > Ph. D. Student 662 18%
Student > Master 305 8%
Professor 275 8%
Other 268 7%
Other 800 22%
Unknown 629 17%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 482 13%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 347 10%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 306 8%
Computer Science 255 7%
Engineering 177 5%
Other 1323 36%
Unknown 745 20%
Attention Score in Context

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 2480. 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 04 May 2024.
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#2
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