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The value and use of social media as communication tool in the plant sciences

Overview of attention for article published in Plant Methods, January 2013
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  • In the top 5% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric
  • One of the highest-scoring outputs from this source (#2 of 941)
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age (98th percentile)
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age and source (99th percentile)

Mentioned by

blogs
3 blogs
twitter
155 tweeters
facebook
13 Facebook pages
googleplus
6 Google+ users

Citations

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37 Dimensions

Readers on

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326 Mendeley
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3 CiteULike
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Title
The value and use of social media as communication tool in the plant sciences
Published in
Plant Methods, January 2013
DOI 10.1186/1746-4811-9-26
Pubmed ID
Authors

Anne Osterrieder

Abstract

Social media now complements many parts of our lives. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and many other social networking sites allow users to share and interact with online content and to connect with like-minded people. Its strengths - rapid dissemination and amplification of content and the ability to lead informal conversations - make it a powerful tool to use in a professional context. This commentary explains the overall concept of social media and offers suggestions on usage and possible types of scientific content. It advises researchers on the potential benefits and how to take a strategic approach towards building a social media presence. It also presents examples of effective social media use within the plant science community. Common reasons for scientists to not engage with social media include the fear of appearing unprofessional, posting something wrong or being misunderstood, or a lack of confidence in their computer skills. With the rapid changes in academic publishing, dissemination and science communication, as well as the rise of 'altmetrics' to track online engagement with scientific content, digital literacy will become an essential skill in a scientist's tool kit.

Twitter Demographics

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Mendeley readers

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Spain 7 2%
United States 6 2%
United Kingdom 3 <1%
Brazil 2 <1%
Indonesia 2 <1%
Nigeria 2 <1%
Canada 2 <1%
France 1 <1%
India 1 <1%
Other 6 2%
Unknown 294 90%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 58 18%
Student > Bachelor 45 14%
Student > Ph. D. Student 42 13%
Researcher 33 10%
Librarian 28 9%
Other 72 22%
Unknown 48 15%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Social Sciences 69 21%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 49 15%
Computer Science 39 12%
Environmental Science 22 7%
Arts and Humanities 17 5%
Other 74 23%
Unknown 56 17%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 123. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 17 December 2021.
All research outputs
#229,633
of 20,027,474 outputs
Outputs from Plant Methods
#2
of 941 outputs
Outputs of similar age
#1,771
of 170,966 outputs
Outputs of similar age from Plant Methods
#1
of 5 outputs
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