If I tweet will you cite? The effect of social media exposure of articles on downloads and citations.

Tonia, Thomy; Van Oyen, Herman; Berger, Anke; Schindler, Christian; Künzli, Nino (2016). If I tweet will you cite? The effect of social media exposure of articles on downloads and citations. International Journal of Public Health, 61(4), pp. 513-520. Springer 10.1007/s00038-016-0831-y

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Objectives We sought to investigate whether exposing scientific papers to social media (SM) has an effect on article downloads and citations. Methods We randomized all International Journal of Public Health (IJPH) original articles published between December 2012 and December 2014 to SM exposure (blog post, Twitter and Facebook) or no exposure at three different time points after first online publication. Results 130 papers (SM exposure = 65, control = 65) were randomized. The number of downloads did not differ significantly between groups (p = 0.60) nor did the number of citations (p = 0.88). Adjusting for length of observation and paper’s geographical origin did not change these results. There was no difference in the number of downloads and citations between the SM exposure and control group when we stratified for open access status. The number of downloads and number of citations were significantly correlated in both groups.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

School of Health Professions

Name:

Tonia, Thomy;
Van Oyen, Herman;
Berger, Anke;
Schindler, Christian and
Künzli, Nino

ISSN:

1661-8556 (Print) 1661-8564 (Online)

Publisher:

Springer

Language:

English

Submitter:

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Date Deposited:

26 Nov 2019 13:40

Last Modified:

20 Aug 2021 09:27

Publisher DOI:

10.1007/s00038-016-0831-y

ARBOR DOI:

10.24451/arbor.6085

URI:

https://arbor.bfh.ch/id/eprint/6085

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