The Kardashian index: A measure of discrepant social media profile for scientists

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Abstract

In the era of social media there are now many different ways that a scientist can build their public profile; the publication of high-quality scientific papers being just one. While social media is a valuable tool for outreach and the sharing of ideas, there is a danger that this form of communication is gaining too high a value and that we are losing sight of key metrics of scientific value, such as citation indices. To help quantify this, I propose the 'Kardashian Index', a measure of discrepancy between a scientist's social media profile and publication record based on the direct comparison of numbers of citations and Twitter followers.

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Hall, N. (2014, July 30). The Kardashian index: A measure of discrepant social media profile for scientists. Genome Biology. BioMed Central Ltd. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13059-014-0424-0

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