Published: 25 March 2017
Author(s): Rafael Dal-Ré, Ignacio Mahillo-Fernández, Michael Thelwall
Issue: March 2017
Section: Letter to the Editor

Scientific findings are disseminated as original investigation articles but influential medical journals also publish opinion articles. Although opinion articles provide less citable information than original investigations, it is not known whether they generate other types of interest and social web mentions may serve as a proxy indicator of wider interest. Altmetrics (such as Twitter, Facebook, blogs and newspapers) may provide evidence of informal academic interest as well as the spreading of research beyond its classical boundaries [1].

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