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General discussion of data quality challenges in social media metrics: Extensive comparison of four major altmetric data aggregators

dc.contributor.authorZahedi, Zohrehen_ZA
dc.contributor.authorCostas, Rodrigoen_ZA
dc.date.accessioned2020-05-19T09:31:15Z
dc.date.available2020-05-19T09:31:15Z
dc.date.issued2018
dc.identifier.citationZahedi, Z. & Costas, R. 2018. General discussion of data quality challenges in social media metrics: Extensive comparison of four major altmetric data aggregators. PLoS ONE, 13(5):e0197326, doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0197326
dc.identifier.issn1932-6203 (online)
dc.identifier.otherdoi:10.1371/journal.pone.0197326
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/108577
dc.descriptionCITATION: Zahedi, Z. & Costas, R. 2018. General discussion of data quality challenges in social media metrics: Extensive comparison of four major altmetric data aggregators. PLoS ONE, 13(5):e0197326, doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0197326.
dc.descriptionThe original publication is available at https://journals.plos.org/plosone/
dc.description.abstractThe data collection and reporting approaches of four major altmetric data aggregators are studied. The main aim of this study is to understand how differences in social media tracking and data collection methodologies can have effects on the analytical use of altmetric data. For this purpose, discrepancies in the metrics across aggregators have been studied in order to understand how the methodological choices adopted by these aggregators can explain the discrepancies found. Our results show that different forms of accessing the data from diverse social media platforms, together with different approaches of collecting, processing, summarizing, and updating social media metrics cause substantial differences in the data and metrics offered by these aggregators. These results highlight the importance that methodological choices in the tracking, collecting, and reporting of altmetric data can have in the analytical value of the data. Some recommendations for altmetric users and data aggregators are proposed and discussed.en_ZA
dc.description.urihttps://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0197326
dc.format.extent27 pages
dc.language.isoen_ZAen_ZA
dc.publisherPublic Library of Science
dc.subjectSocial media metrics -- Data qualityen_ZA
dc.subjectAltmetrics -- Methodologyen_ZA
dc.subjectData collection platformsen_ZA
dc.subjectData aggregatorsen_ZA
dc.subjectQuantitative researchen_ZA
dc.titleGeneral discussion of data quality challenges in social media metrics: Extensive comparison of four major altmetric data aggregatorsen_ZA
dc.typeArticleen_ZA
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