The use of social media (SoMe) has spread worldwide among doctors, scientific societies, and researchers. SoMe offer a powerful platform to accelerate or create new contacts, spread scientific news, and increase visibility. A social media promotion strategy for cardiovascular medicine papers seems to be associated with increased online visibility and a higher number of citations. This effect is independent of the type of article and the total number of followers of the authors. Indeed, SoMe are democratic and even non-senior researchers may be popular on Twitter: your title is not as important as what you do on Twitter. Nevertheless, some physicians may be over-celebrated due to their presence on SoMe. This is why a new author index, the K-index, has been proposed. The K-index correlates the citations of a scientist with the number of Twitter followers. Even scientific journals and societies have recognized the importance of SoMe and in the last years they have appeared on SoMe with official accounts. Therefore, besides the classic impact factor, publishers now pay more and more attention to other parameters, such as the Altmetric score, which takes into account the number of citations, but also the number of downloads, mentions on SoMe, newspapers and tv news, web sites, and blogs. The COVID-19 pandemic has boosted the importance of SoMe for scientific content distribution, particularly for congresses. For all these reasons, it is important to understand the pros and cons of SoMe. It is also possible that SoMe will become a new education medium for continuing medical education.

Cardiology as seen through social media

Gragnano, Felice;
2022

Abstract

The use of social media (SoMe) has spread worldwide among doctors, scientific societies, and researchers. SoMe offer a powerful platform to accelerate or create new contacts, spread scientific news, and increase visibility. A social media promotion strategy for cardiovascular medicine papers seems to be associated with increased online visibility and a higher number of citations. This effect is independent of the type of article and the total number of followers of the authors. Indeed, SoMe are democratic and even non-senior researchers may be popular on Twitter: your title is not as important as what you do on Twitter. Nevertheless, some physicians may be over-celebrated due to their presence on SoMe. This is why a new author index, the K-index, has been proposed. The K-index correlates the citations of a scientist with the number of Twitter followers. Even scientific journals and societies have recognized the importance of SoMe and in the last years they have appeared on SoMe with official accounts. Therefore, besides the classic impact factor, publishers now pay more and more attention to other parameters, such as the Altmetric score, which takes into account the number of citations, but also the number of downloads, mentions on SoMe, newspapers and tv news, web sites, and blogs. The COVID-19 pandemic has boosted the importance of SoMe for scientific content distribution, particularly for congresses. For all these reasons, it is important to understand the pros and cons of SoMe. It is also possible that SoMe will become a new education medium for continuing medical education.
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