Twitter may affect how journal articles are consumed by public

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Twitter could potentially affect how journal articles are viewed, read and shared among academic professionals, an expert said at Retina 2022.

According to Sunir J. Garg, MD, FACS, co-director of retina research at Wills Eye Hospital, there are nearly 400 million users on Twitter, with about half of them active daily.

Garg’s discussion focused on journal articles shared on Twitter and how they make an impact on audiences, news outlets and those who benefit from public data. To calculate this impact factor, Garg said data from the past 2 years are used to calculate the impact for the current year. For example, for 2020, the number of total journal articles from 2018 and 2019 would be added, and that number would be divided by the number of citations included in those articles from the past 2 years.

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