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Tweets vs. Mendeley readers: How do these two social media metrics differ?

Stefanie Haustein, Vincent Larivière, Mike Thelwall, Didier Amyot and Isabella Peters


A set of 1.4 million biomedical papers was analyzed with regards to how often articles are mentioned on Twitter or saved by users on Mendeley. While Twitter is a microblogging platform used by a general audience to distribute information, Mendeley is a reference manager targeted at an academic user group to organize scholarly literature. Both platforms are used as sources for so-called “altmetrics” to measure a new kind of research impact. This analysis shows in how far they differ and compare to traditional citation impact metrics based on a large set of PubMed papers.

Received: 2014-4-25
Accepted: 2014-8-13
Published Online: 2014-9-30
Published in Print: 2014-10-28

©2014 Walter de Gruyter Berlin/Boston

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