A Correlation Comparative Analysis of Top Articles in Library and Information Science using Citation and Altmetric Attention Scores


  • Department of Studies and Research in Library & Information Science, Tumkur University, Tumakuru, Karnataka - 572103
  • Department of Studies and Research in Library & Information Science, Tumkur University, Tumakuru, Karnataka - 572103




Altmetrics, Online Attention Score, Top LIS Articles, Tweets


A comparative analysis of the top articles published in library and information science journals has been carried out using correlation comparison between the traditional citations v/s modern score derived by the approach of altmetrics score. The common approach points for the study are: finding the most popular social media platform for Altmetric studies; the most popular LIS articles grabbed social media attention; and conducting the correlation comparison of citation and altmetric attention scores. Top 10 LIS journals with the highest Google scholar metrics in terms of h5-index were selected. After analysis, the top ten articles were selected on the basis of highly cited articles, altmetrics attention score, countrywise twitting. The first article has got the highest citations and AAS with 1528 and 1972 respectively and also got highest online attentions from Mendeley with 1930 readers and featured in 31 tweets. Paper-9 has got the highest of 196 tweets, followed by paper 3 & 7 with 99 and 59 tweets respectively. Overall the AAA score, outscored the citations for all articles considered for the study. USA tops the list in the tweeting these top articles with 73, with 51 UK secured second position in twitting scholarly literature. The results found that a significant difference with a negative correlation at r (9) =-.106, p=.770. The study suggests that Indian scholars need to use social media sites such as Blogs, Tweets, Facebook, Wiki, Mendeley and others to enable the scholarly literature to reach the wider audience efficiently and effectively.


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How to Cite

Rangaswamy, B., & Rajendra Babu, H. (2021). A Correlation Comparative Analysis of Top Articles in Library and Information Science using Citation and Altmetric Attention Scores. Journal of Information and Knowledge, 58(3), 157–164. https://doi.org/10.17821/srels/2021/v58i3/158132



Received 2021-03-02
Accepted 2021-06-07
Published 2021-06-20