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Can Twitter increase the visibility of Chinese publications?

Fei Shu (), Wen Lou () and Stefanie Haustein ()
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Fei Shu: McGill University
Wen Lou: East China Normal University
Stefanie Haustein: University of Ottawa

Scientometrics, 2018, vol. 116, issue 1, 505-519

Abstract: Abstract The purpose of this study is to investigate whether diffusion through social media can help to improve the international visibility of Chinese papers and thus increase their citation impact. After analysing 160,233 Chinese papers published in 2012, as well as the number of tweets and citations received, the results indicate that tweeted Chinese papers published in the same year and journal received around 15% more citations than Chinese papers not mentioned on Twitter. The citation advantage of tweeted Chinese papers is also found within various disciplines and by the different citing countries.

Keywords: Twitter; Citation analysis; China; Altmetrics; Scientific impact (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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