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    Research Letter
    July 20, 2020

    Association Between Citations, Altmetrics, and Article Views in Pediatric Research

    Author Affiliations
    • 1Department of Anesthesiology, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, California
    • 2Department of Pediatrics, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, California
    • 3Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, Hanover, New Hampshire
    • 4Department of Medicine, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, Hanover, New Hampshire
    • 5White River Junction Veterans Affairs Hospital, White River Junction, Virginia
    JAMA Netw Open. 2020;3(7):e2010784. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2020.10784

    Citations are used to assess the impact of scientific authors, articles, and journals but may not fully reflect how they affect journal readership or the public. Newer metrics include article views and the Altmetric attention score (AAS),1 which uses an algorithm to weight mentions of an article in social platforms such as Twitter and Facebook and in the news media. Prior investigations have shown only a modest association between these newer metrics and article citations, but none have assessed the pediatric literature, which may have a different readership.1-4 The primary objective of this study was to examine the association between traditional metrics (citations), the AAS, and views of pediatric articles from 4 high-impact journals. Strong correlation would imply that citations-based metrics indicate popular engagement in scientific articles.