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Altmetric analysis of contemporary dental literature

BDJ volume 225, pages 6872 (13 July 2018) | Download Citation

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Key points

  • Highlights Altmetric data of the most recent 25,000 dental articles.

  • Shows that Twitter is the most common Altmetric resources, followed by Facebook and news outlets.

  • Reveals that the British Dental Journal had the first rank, followed by Journal of Dental Research and Journal of Craniofacial Surgery.

Abstract

Aim

To analyse the Altmetric data of all dental literature and to find the most important and effective Altmetric factors.

Method

PubMed was searched to find all types of dental articles. To discover the most important and effective Altmetric factors in contemporary dental literature, multi-layered perceptron artificial neural network was used.

Results

A total of 582,227 PubMed records were found. The mean Altmetric scores were 3.7 ± 18, 4.1 ± 16 and 3.2 ± 14 for clinical trials, reviews and free full-text articles, respectively. Sensitivity analysis showed that news outlets, tweeters and scientific bloggers were the most important and influential Altmetric data resources. Among 150 analysed dental journals the British Dental Journal acquired the first rank. Twitter was the most popular Altmetric resource among dental journals.

Conclusion

Dental researchers, journal editors, publishers and research funders should pay more attention to Altmetrics as a newly-emerging scholarly tool measuring the social impact of research findings.

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Acknowledgements

We would like to thank Altmetric LLP (London, U.K), particularly Mrs Stacy Konkiel.

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  1. Independent Research Scientist, Founder and Managing Editor of Dental Hypotheses, Isfahan, Iran

    • J. Kolahi
  2. Department of Endodontics, Dental Research Centre, School of Dentistry, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran

    • S. Khazaei

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https://doi.org/10.1038/sj.bdj.2018.521