Top COVID-19 100 vaccine papers: An Altmetric study

Ahmed Shehata, Metwaly El Dakar, Nahed Salem

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The high number of COVID-19 studies has attracted scholars to produce many studies on the topic. However, while we know the impact of these studies on academia by analyzing their citation score in different indexing outlets, little is known about their impact on social networks. The current study aims to measure the impact of the top 100 vaccination papers on social networks. An Altmetrics analysis is conducted to measure the Altmetrics attention scores of the paper. We retrieved the data through the Web of Science and Scopus. The researchers selected as a tool to obtain social media and mainstream internet outlet counts. The findings of the study revealed that there is a significant correlation between the citations and Altmetric indicators. Our findings indicate that Twitter and Mendeley represent the most contributes social networks in the final AAS in almost all journals included in the study. The study’s findings have confirmed that COVID-19 vaccination papers have gained many citations and attention on social networks. The study’s main limitation is that it only measured the Altmetrics score for the top 100 papers. Hence, while the current paper gave us insight into the performance of vaccination papers on the social web, there is a need to conduct further studies covering a larger sample.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2021 22nd International Arab Conference on Information Technology, ACIT 2021
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781665419956
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Event22nd International Arab Conference on Information Technology, ACIT 2021 - Muscat, Oman
Duration: Dec 21 2021Dec 23 2021

Publication series

Name2021 22nd International Arab Conference on Information Technology, ACIT 2021


Conference22nd International Arab Conference on Information Technology, ACIT 2021


  • Altmetric scores
  • Covid-19
  • Scholarly publishing
  • Vaccines

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Information Systems
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality

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