MedicalResearch.com Interview with:
Ravi B. Patel, MD
Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
MedicalResearch.com: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings?
Response: The digital attention of scientific articles can be readily quantified using the Altmetric score. The Altmetric score is a weighted measure, incorporating a variety of media platforms.
We aimed to characterize the Top 10% of articles by Altmetric score among 4 major cardiovascular journals (Circulation, European Heart Journal, Journal of the American College of Cardiology, and JAMA Cardiology) in 2017.
Our primary findings were:
1) nearly half of the most disseminated articles were not original research investigations,
2) the most common article topic was nutrition/lifestyle, and
3) there was a weak but significant correlation between Altmetric scores and citation number.
MedicalResearch.com: What should readers take away from your report?
Response: First, it is evident that cardiovascular articles attain a high degree of media attention – the median Altmetric score of 188 is quite impressive for this cohort of articles.
Second, it is clear that media outlets are interested in guideline documents/scientific statements, editorials, and viewpoints given the high representation of these articles.
In addition, articles related to nutrition and lifestyle are highly publicized through digital media. These topics are particularly interesting to the public given their widespread relevance. Indeed, the articles with the highest Altmetric scores in each of the 4 journals were all related to this topic.
Finally, the weak correlation between Altmetric scores and citation number raises some speculation that the articles that garner the most media attention may not be of equivalent interest to the scientific community.
I have no financial disclosures.
Patel RB, Vaduganathan M, Bhatt DL, Bonow RO. Characterizing High-Performing Articles by Altmetric Score in Major Cardiovascular Journals. JAMA Cardiol. Published online November 21, 2018. doi:10.1001/jamacardio.2018.3823
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