2018: Year in Review and Look Ahead

The Vassar Research Team published 42 articles in 2018. More exciting than this accomplishment is that the majority of articles received attention that reached far beyond regular journal readership. Such attention can now being quantified as an Altmetric Attention Score. The value of the score is knowing how and where published research is being further disseminated.

We’re delighted to report that 70% of the body of work produced by Vassar Research Team in 2018 earned an Altmetric Attention Score. Of those, nearly 20% were ranked in the top 5% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric and 40% were ranked in the top 25%. Altmetric is a proprietary tracking system that uses an algorithm to aggregate social media site mentions, blog references, news media reports, and online reference manager reads. An Altmetric Attention Score is based on the quantity of posts or stories mentioning a research article and the quality of the posting source.

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The Vassar Research Team article entitled “Financial Conflicts of Interest Among Oncologist Authors of Reports of Clinical Drug Trials” earned a High Altmetric Attention Score of 378. The JAMA Oncology article was reported 23 news storied, including articles in The New York Times, Business Insider UK, Medical Health News, Healthcare Finance News, and Science Daily. Posts on popular blogs like Well–The New York Times, the BMJ opinion, HematologyTimes, and Somatosphere joined the discussion and increased the reach of the article findings. 372 tweets about the article reached an upper bound of 667,676 followers (See map below). JAMA Oncology also mentioned the article on its Facebook page.

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A more recent article, entitled “Evaluation of Lowering the P Value Threshold for Statistical Significance from .05 to .005 in Previously Published Randomized Clinical Trials in Major Medical Journals,” gained attention from the BMJ opinion blog and sparked tweets by JAMA Internal Medicine, JAMA, JAMA Neurology, JAMA Oncology, C. Michael Gibson, Eric Topol, Tim Noakes, David Colquhoun, Sergey Minaev, Daphne Zohar and Academic Chatter. Their tweets and retweets helped reach an upper bound of 1,390,402 followers (See map below). The article earned a High Altmetric Attention Score of 173.

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Notable Altmetric Attention Score facts about articles authored by
members of the Vassar Research Team that were published in 2018:

      • 27 news media outlets featured article information.
      • 952 tweets went out.
      • The upper bound of exposure on Twitter was 3,433,598 individuals.
      • Articles were cited 36 times.
      • In addition to blogs mentioned above, others included Retraction Watch; Altmetric; The Anaesthesia Blog; Anaesthesia; and Association of Anaesthetists.  
      • Tweeters with 10,000 or more followers mentioning Vassar Research Team articles in 2018 included JAMA; JAMA Internal Medicine; JAMA Oncology, JAMAOtolaryngology; JAMA Neurology; European Urology; Breast Advocate; PRMA Plastic Surgery; Retraction Watch; Physician’s Weekly; Ash Paul; Oliver Branford; Heather Furnas, MD; Dr. Daniel Liu; Sergey Minaev; Tim Noakes; Matthew Katz, MD; NatureRevClinOncol; Dr. Samuel Lin; Dr. Gina Reghetti DO; Vinay Prasad MD MPH; David Colquhoun; Academic Chatter; Monterey Holistic; Westby Fisher, MD;  Atsushi Oshio; Omar S. Manejwala MD; #WHIS; Charles Ornstein; PRS/PRS Global Open; Nora Bar; Djorf Marcela Indignada; Gary Schwitzer; Francesco Egro; Bruce Japsen; Agus Supriatna; Anne Dancey; Dr Minas Chrysopoulo; Terri Coutee; Hugh Harvey; Margaret McCartney; Elaine Schattner; Juan Gérvas; Anant Bhan; David Andress; Less is More/Dr Jessica Otte; Rich Duszak, MD; Mohamed Mohty; Steve Morgan; Andy Palmer; Nathan A. Pennell MD, PhD; Charles Seife; Dahpne Zohar; and Jorge Luis Lopez Esq.
      • Facebook posts included those by the Association of Paediatric Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland and JAMA Otolaryngology.
      • 25% received a High Altmetric Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age; 13% were ranked Good; 5% Above-average; and 13% Average. Of those earning a High Attention Score, 15% were in  the 90th percentile.
      • 13% received a High Altmetric Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age and from the same source; 10% had Good scores; 15% Above-average; and 8% Average. Of those earning a High Attention Score in this category, 80% were in the 90th percentile.