The Twimpact Factor

Alexis Madrigal at The Atlantic reports on a new study from the Journal of Medical Internet Research about the relationship between tweets of a journal article and scholarly citations.

The conclusion:

articles that many people tweeted about were 11 times more likely to be highly cited than those who few people tweeted about.

Apparently, the number of tweets an article receives within the first three days can predict its scholarly impact.  This new measure of impact is the “twimpact factor.”

For more, see “Highly Tweeted Articles Were 11 Times More Likely to Be Highly Cited” – Alexis Madrigal – Technology – The Atlantic.