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Health and humour popular on Twitter

A study of the most tweeted peer-reviewed science articles published between 2010 and 2012 indicates that papers about health implications or with a humorous element get plenty of attention on the site.

The international study, led by the University of Montreal in Canada, showed that articles that had been tweeted a high number of times do not necessarily have a high number of citations, with the first on the list being tweeted 963 times but only receiving nine citations.

Professor Vincent Lariviere, holder of the Canada Research Chair on the Transformation of Academic Communication, supervised the study. He said: “For the time being, Twitter cannot be considered a good marker of scientific impact—but it could indicate a certain social impact.”

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