Document Type : Articles


1 Assistant Prof., Department of Knowledge and Information Science, Faculty of Psychology & Educational Sciences, Alzahra University, Tehran, Iran.

2 Samira Falsafi M. A. in Knowledge and Information Science, Department of Knowledge and Information Science, Faculty of Psychology & Educational Sciences, Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran, Iran


The study aims to analyze altmetric indices at the journal level in the field of oncology and also examine the relationship between altmetric indicators and citation-based indicators of the journals. The study includes an analytical approach. Altmetric indices were exported from Altmetric Explorer database, and citation-based indicators of oncology journals were gathered through Scopus in Microsoft Excel. SPSS software was utilized to analyze data inferentially and descriptively. The highest level of altmetric attention score belonged to CA-A CANCER JOURNAL FOR CLINICIANS in 2019. Twitter is the most used social media to share research outputs in oncology. There is a significant, positive, and moderate relationship between Altmetric Coverage and citation-based indicators (SNIP, SJR, and CiteScore). Additionally, a significant, positive, and moderate relationship exists between Mean Altmetric Score and citation-based indicators (SNIP, SJR, and CiteScore). Journals, including high citation-based indicators in the field of oncology, are more likely to get more visibility via various social media. Researchers and policymakers could use altmetric indices via social media (such as Twitter) to improve health knowledge, connect the public and academics, and share clinical guides to enhance public health and reveal non-traditional scientific impact.


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