The Kardashian index: a measure of discrepant social media profile for scientists
Centre for Genomic Research, University of Liverpool, Liverpool L69 7ZB, UK
Genome Biology 2014, 15:424 doi:10.1186/s13059-014-0424-0Published: 30 July 2014
In the era of social media there are now many different ways that a scientist can build their public profile; the publication of high-quality scientific papers being just one. While social media is a valuable tool for outreach and the sharing of ideas, there is a danger that this form of communication is gaining too high a value and that we are losing sight of key metrics of scientific value, such as citation indices. To help quantify this, I propose the ‘Kardashian Index’, a measure of discrepancy between a scientist’s social media profile and publication record based on the direct comparison of numbers of citations and Twitter followers.