Medical Journals in the Age of Ubiquitous Social Media

N. Seth Trueger*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Medical journals increasingly use social media to engage their audiences in a variety of ways, from simply broadcasting content via blogs, microblogs, and podcasts to more interactive methods such as Twitter chats and online journal clubs. Online discussion may increase readership and help improve peer review, for example, by providing postpublication peer review. Challenges remain, including the loss of nuance and context of shared work. Furthermore, uncertainty remains regarding how to assess the impact of journal social media outreach, abundant but unclear metrics, and the magnitude of benefit (if any), particularly given the substantial work required for substantive interactive engagement. Continued involvement and innovation from medical journals through social media offers potential in engaging journal audiences and improving knowledge translation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)173-176
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the American College of Radiology
Volume15
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2018

Keywords

  • Social media
  • journal publishing
  • knowledge translation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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